Gay City News Launches First Annual Best Of Contest



BY PAUL SCHINDLER | We want to hear from you. And we want other readers to hear from you.

That’s one of two vital messages I want to impart about our inaugural Best of Gay City Annual Readers’ Choice contest.

The other thing you must know: This is all about having some fun.

Not that we’re not looking for input on some serious matters — whether parenting services or who offers the best health care.

Readers’ choice awards means that you are in the editor’s chair

But as you cast ballots in 25 categories, let us know where you’ve had good experiences, what you enjoy, and what you look forward to doing again.

Let us know about nightlife — bars, happy hours, cocktails, restaurants, or for those evenings of cozy snuggling, delivery.

Where do you go to take care of your health, appearance, fitness, home design, or — and, for me, this one is key — your beloved pets?

This being New York, tell us what shows, museums, and drag performers keep you coming back.

Whether at home or away, everyone has their favorite gayborhood, weekend getaway spot, vacation destination, and travel service.

And could we possibly not ask about your favorite app (and since you can vote every day, that could change over and over again) — or the identity of your fave celebrity crush (ditto the changing daily part)?

PAUL best of screen grab ISHere’s how it all works: go to and that page will walk you through the voting in 25 categories. Vote for as many or as few categories as you want. Each category offers several choices and we strongly encourage you to write in your favorites if you don’t see them among the choices. And, as I’ve already mentioned, you can vote once a day for the duration of the contest.

First round voting begins on October 2 and runs through 6 p.m. on October 26. Finalists will be announced in our October 30 print edition and voting among them will run from then until 6 p.m. on November 7.

We will announce the winners in our November 13 print edition.

Naturally, we are sweetening up the voting a bit as an enticement. The first day that you vote, you’ll win a three-day free pass to Crunch Gym. And every time you vote, your name gets entered into the raffle for gifts including an iPad, an iPad Mini, a David Barton Gym membership, and travel on Hornblower Cruises.

We are proud to have the support of Gold Sponsor God’s Love We Deliver, Silver Sponsor Hospice of New York, and Category Sponsors Simple Surrogacy, Genesis Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, Cryos International, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

But enough from me. It’s your turn. Let’s hear from you!