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Moving to Minneapolis?

I live in NY and am considering a job in NYC. Where do the gays live in MSP? I'm in my 40's btw.

by Anonymousreply 8911/19/2012

Live in NY and considering a job in NYC? Wow, is your life ready for that kind of upheaval?

by Anonymousreply 104/05/2012

If you are in NY and considering a job in NYC what the fuck does Minneapolis have to do with anything?

by Anonymousreply 204/05/2012

What the hell is MSP? I think you should not consider NYC. You'll fail here.

by Anonymousreply 304/05/2012

OP, I think you better XYZ, little mister!

by Anonymousreply 404/05/2012

You'll spend all your money and time commuting from NYC to MSP...

by Anonymousreply 504/05/2012

You're gonna make it after all!

by Anonymousreply 604/05/2012

Stop dringing...

by Anonymousreply 704/05/2012

I need that job more than you. Send me the opening.

by Anonymousreply 804/05/2012

Shit. I meant i'm considering a job in Minneapolis. It would require moving from NYC to Minneapolis.

by Anonymousreply 904/05/2012

Uptown area. Cold as fuck in the winter. But a nice place to live. A little boring,but if you are a couple it's great.

And Michelle Bachman lives there. Enuf said.

by Anonymousreply 1004/05/2012

Rhoda? Is that you? About your security deposit...

by Anonymousreply 1104/05/2012

Get out of NY!! While you still can!!

by Anonymousreply 1204/05/2012

Minnianoplace is pretty dull. No shortage of over the top good looking guys, but they are genuine pussy hounds. Madison, Wi is the closest gay destination.

by Anonymousreply 1304/05/2012

We have a lot of 'straight acting" gays here, love it!

Send me an email, wish me happy birthday! Jesus saves!

by Anonymousreply 1404/05/2012

But, can you turn the world on with your smile?

by Anonymousreply 1504/05/2012

It is a horrible place. A cold hell. The lack of culture shock will kill you.

To go from NYC to Minneapolis is a form of torture I would wish on very few.

by Anonymousreply 1604/05/2012

R10 doesn't know what she's talking about.

OP, a few things to keep in mind:

1.) There aren't really gay ghettos in the Twin Cities, at least not to the extent there are in other cities. The gays have kind of spread themselves throughout the two metros and first-ring suburbs. I think I just read that Golden Valley is now the gayest suburb, via the census numbers.

2.) You'll probably want a car. The bus system is not the greatest and there is light rail, but it's very limited right now.

3.) The cost of living is much lower and you'll notice that right away. But it will take time to make friends, as Minnesotans aren't always open to outsiders.

4.) Assuming you stay within the first-ring suburbs and metro areas, you'll find people are very liberal and gay friendly. It's harder once you get into the outer suburbs and outstate, but even among republicans, there is more of a "live and let live" attitude than you find in other rural areas of the USA.

by Anonymousreply 1704/05/2012

If you have money, buy or rent near the lakes. They're amazing centers of activity in the warmer months and they look gorgeous in the winter.

Uptown is probably a little too active for you if you're in your forties. Very noisy.

TONS of gays in the Twin Cities. TONS. And some of the hottest college guys in the country at U of M.

by Anonymousreply 1804/05/2012

I agree with R16. Going from the Northeast to Minneapolis is hell! Complete culture shock and they're unfriendly to newbies, particularly if you're single. Most socializing is family-oriented and they all take off for their lake house on the weekends. If you're lucky, you'll see the road show of Evita about 5 years from now and eat a lot of hot dishes and jello salads.

by Anonymousreply 2004/05/2012

R20, sounds great!

by Anonymousreply 2104/05/2012

Guys in Minn/St. Paul are hotter and nicer than ones in overrated Chicago.

by Anonymousreply 2204/05/2012

119 North Wetherly is a lovely building to check out op.

The studios vary from large sunken rooms with a full kitchen and walkin closet to tiny, funky little attic rooms with a hot plate.

by Anonymousreply 2304/05/2012

Looking for a gay neighborhood when you're over 40?

Easy: the cemetery

by Anonymousreply 2404/05/2012

Please #20, have u ever been to Mpls? No jello or hot dishes on the menu and our theatre is world-class. Our winters are more bearable also with global warming. Try it out. The only thing is that it's not a 24 hour city, so it won't be as exciting as NYC.

by Anonymousreply 2504/05/2012

[quote]I live in NY and am considering a job in NYC.

Do you figure you'll keep better?

by Anonymousreply 2604/05/2012

OP, I moved there from Los Angeles last summer. And now I'm moving OUT. Most of the (few) friends you make will be from other states because the people from Minnesota don't usually welcome outsiders. The single scene is depressing. There is very little going on...though the people there LOVE to think they live in a world-class city. THEY DON'T. It's white as fuck (except for the Somalis, which there are tons, and black trash from Chicago on the welfare hunt) and small-minded. We had a mild winter this year but I've been told that rare. If you have to move there then I agree with the others that "The Lakes" is the best thing about the city so focus your life around there if you can. And good luck.

by Anonymousreply 2704/05/2012

Did someone say Evita??? Oooh my fave!

by Anonymousreply 2804/05/2012

OP, I moved from NY to MInneapolis in my early forties a few years ago. For the first two months I was shocked and thought I made a big mistake. The skyways made me feel like I was living at an airport. Everything closed early (and opens early-good midwestern, early to bed, early to...) But eventually I became really enamored of Minni. I would live downtown. THere are great loft buildings and lux condos that I could never afford to live in in NY. YOu'll find a lot of people from other parts of the country that have relocated there. And they tend to be a little more open to new friends. The life-long minnesotans aren't cold, they just seem to know everyone and are a little more set in their ways. And the gay crowd is far less age-ist than in other cities. Good luck

by Anonymousreply 2904/05/2012

That's where Prince is from.

by Anonymousreply 3004/05/2012

[quote]Guys in Minn/St. Paul are hotter and nice

This is true. If you don't believe it, go to a HS wrestling tournament in a place like Minnetonka, Eagan, or E.P. Simply amazing.

I wish I was back there

by Anonymousreply 3104/05/2012

I thought Loring Park is a gayish neighborhood.

Minneapolis is a nice city. But, it's so provincial and there isn't much big city buzz.

There's good live music, nice museums, some great theater.

Beyond that it will really depend on what kind of person you are. If you feed off the energy of the city, I don't think Minneapolis will do it for you. But, if you are laid back, have activities and interests you can focus on, are not at a point in your life where you need the rush of going out all the time, then it might be okay.

While not any more exciting, I'd actually prefer to live in St. Paul.

Luckily, I'm from the Twin Cities, and I can go see my family, experience what I like about the area, and then leave.

by Anonymousreply 3204/05/2012

Yes, Loring Park has gay people, but I don't think it's as concentrated as it was 10 or 15 years ago. The Hennepin Lyndale wedge area is fairly gay, but also not as much as before. Too many hipsters actually. Gays are spread throughout the metro like everywhere else. No need for a ghetto.

OP, whatever you do, don't move to the area people refer to as "North Minneapolis."

by Anonymousreply 3304/05/2012

What R33 is trying to say is that North Minneapolis has black people. Indeed, it is Minneapolis' best known "hood", though it pales in comparison to bad neighborhoods areas in other cities.

by Anonymousreply 3404/05/2012

r34, it's a crime-ridden cesspool. But most of Mpls is much safer than other cities its size.

by Anonymousreply 3504/05/2012

are there gay people in Michelle Bachmann's district?

by Anonymousreply 3604/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 3704/05/2012

A lot of hipsters and gays live in northeast Minneapolis though. There's a newish gay bar in Northeast called Lush which I haven't been to yet (I'm one of those boring coupled Mpls gays).

The Warehouse District just north of downtown has a lot of loft and apartment and has a more urban vibe, lotsa gays around there too. Hip restaurants and bars abound in this area (112, La Grassa, Black Sheep Pizza, Haute Dish, Monte Carlo, Moose and Sadies, Saffron etc).

My partner and I live on the line between two south Mpls neighborhoods: hippie/leftist Seward and more working-class Longfellow. Lots of gay homeowners in these parts but it's more "neighborhoody" and less street life. We love Minneapolis.

by Anonymousreply 3804/05/2012

I live in a big city and I visited there last year. Yes, it's not NY but it is a lovely city with lots of things to do. OP is in his 40s, I have a feeling he'll like it.

by Anonymousreply 3904/05/2012

"are there gay people in Michelle Bachmann's district?"

There are certainly gays in her district, though mostly living quietly and tending not to congregate. I don't believe there's a gay bar in her entire district. Lots of evangelical Christians and old-fashioned Catholics in her area.

by Anonymousreply 4004/05/2012

You can hang out with me! In fact, we should have a twin cities DLer get together.

by Anonymousreply 4104/05/2012

[quote]"are there gay people in Michelle Bachmann's district?


by Anonymousreply 4204/05/2012

It is true that NYC can not be surpassed in many ways, but it can also be an exhausting city to live in, in more ways than one. I lived in NYC for 15 years and while there are some things I miss, there is also a lot I don't. I remember before I moved out I thought I would be "out of the loop" by not living in NYC, which I now realize is silly.

by Anonymousreply 4304/05/2012

OP, there are lots of hunky Scandinavian gays living in Minnesota. Oh, you said you were in your 40's, didn't you? Never mind....we don't like eldergays.

by Anonymousreply 4404/06/2012

I'm pre-lubed and quivering in anticipation of your arrival, OP!

by Anonymousreply 4504/06/2012

There are a lot of Jews in St. Louis Park

by Anonymousreply 4604/06/2012

r45 I saw Sven at a gay play at the Guthrie a couple of years ago.

by Anonymousreply 4704/06/2012

Sven has never "come out" per se (about his only choice in this market would be the Minneapolis newspaper anyway, and its local personalities columnist doesn't like him). But you can tell he's gay from the moon, and he does nothing to hide it. A couple years ago he posed on the cover of the local gay rag shirtless and in an apron, holding a big bowl of chocolate cake mix - complete with smudges of brown frosting on his face. It was ... attention getting.

by Anonymousreply 4804/06/2012

I visited Minneapolis last year and loved it. I think it's a great town if you are looking for a more quiet life with occasional excursions at night. Was surprised by how good-looking the people are (in a natural way). I'd live there in a heartbeat.

by Anonymousreply 4904/06/2012

We Scandinavians are the best looking people on earth, R49.

by Anonymousreply 5004/06/2012

So true, R50

by Anonymousreply 5104/06/2012

[quote]Please #20, have u ever been to Mpls? No jello or hot dishes on the menu and our theatre is world-class.

IF you stay out of church and lesbian pot lucks you MIGHT avoid the jello and hot dish.

However trendy gays make casseroles (hot dishes) and serve them at dinner parties but if they serve a salad they think they are hot stuff.

The Theatre is world class ONLY in the minds of the natives. There are a couple of places that get C and D list actors from NY and a lot of small theatres who think themselves cutting edge (they are not.) all in all it is a version of hell I would never return to.

by Anonymousreply 5204/06/2012

Where's cheekster? She could give you some great advice, OP.

by Anonymousreply 5304/06/2012

[quote]However trendy gays make casseroles (hot dishes) and serve them at dinner parties but if they serve a salad they think they are hot stuff.

Gay male here who has lived in the Twin Cities for 20 years. I have never seen this.

[quote]The Theatre is world class ONLY in the minds of the natives. There are a couple of places that get C and D list actors from NY and a lot of small theatres who think themselves cutting edge (they are not.) all in all it is a version of hell I would never return to.

First of all, it's spelled theater, cunt. Yes, there is a lot of shitty live theater here. But there is also the Guthrie, which is known and revered around the world.

by Anonymousreply 5404/06/2012

[quote]I live in NY and am considering a job in NYC.

I think the Manhattan-obsessed queens just had an orgasm.

by Anonymousreply 5504/06/2012

What is a 'welfare hunt?'

by Anonymousreply 5604/06/2012

Proof of R54's world class knowledge...

[quote]World English Dictionary theatre or ( US ) theater (ˈθɪətə)

— n 1. ta. a building designed for the performance of plays, operas, etc tb. ( as modifier ): a theatre ticket tc. ( in combination ): a theatregoer 2. ta large room or hall, usually with a raised platform and tiered seats for an audience, used for lectures, film shows, etc 3. tAlso called: operating theatre a room in a hospital or other medical centre equipped for surgical operations 4. tplays regarded collectively as a form of art 5. tthe theatre the world of actors, theatrical companies, etc: the glamour of the theatre 6. ta setting for dramatic or important events 7. twriting that is suitable for dramatic presentation: a good piece of theatre 8. t( US ), ( Austral ), ( NZ ) the usual word for cinema 9. ta major area of military activity: the theatre of operations 10. ta circular or semicircular open-air building with tiers of seats

[C14: from Latin theātrum, from Greek theatron place for viewing, from theasthai to look at; related to Greek thauma miracle]

It is actually spelled either way Theater is more common in America and Minneapolis is nothing if not common.

by Anonymousreply 5704/06/2012


as I said, I mis-typed. Live in NYC and am considering a job in Minneapolis.

by Anonymousreply 5804/06/2012

I love Caribou Coffee

by Anonymousreply 5904/06/2012

Clean air, what's not to love?

by Anonymousreply 6004/06/2012

I visited Minneapolis last year....was shocked how beautiful and clean and gay it was.

I would live there in a heartbeat after being in NYC for the last 25 years; a welcome change of pace it would be!

by Anonymousreply 6104/06/2012

Does the tourism agency still call it "The Mini Apple?"

by Anonymousreply 6204/06/2012

Don't they have that Spoonbridge and Cherry thing? What's that all about?

by Anonymousreply 6304/06/2012

The welfare hunt is when people move from county to county (or state to state) seeking the most generous welfare benefits, R56.

by Anonymousreply 6404/07/2012

This thread is depressing. Any more DL'ers in Minneapolis? I'm moving there in August from Los Angeles. Help! Haven't lived there in 10 years. What are the best gay neighborhoods to live? I am guessing Loring Park, Uptown, Lyn Lake... please post more thoughts.

by Anonymousreply 6505/27/2012

Those are all the best gay neighborhoods, r65. If you want to live in St. Paul, the best gay neighborhoods are Lowertown (where the artists' lofts are) and Summit Avenue/Crocus Hill, though that latter is not really close to much to do.

I don't know why you're depressed: the cities are quite lovely and have great food and theater and bookstores and a vibrant arts scene. The worst thing about the Twin Cities are the temperature extremes (it's ungodly cold in the winter and snow gets dumped like a motherfucker; summers can be very hot and humid and there are tons of mosquitos), but everything is indoors if you need it, and the lakes are gorgeous and the weather is lovely in the fall. Also avoid the suburbs, because that's where you'll discover the provincialism and the passive-aggressiveness that a lot of people don't like about Minnesota. But the Twin Cities themselves are terrific.

by Anonymousreply 6605/27/2012

Look on the bright side: I figure you'll keep better.

by Anonymousreply 6705/27/2012

If you're leaving LA for Minneapolis, you shouldn't be depressed. It'll be an improvement.

by Anonymousreply 6805/27/2012

[quote]Don't they have that Spoonbridge and Cherry thing? What's that all about?

It's a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg in the sculpture garden outside the Walker Art Center.

by Anonymousreply 6905/27/2012

[quote]We Scandinavians are the best looking people on earth, [R49].

While MN certainly has tons of people with Scandinavian ancestry, people of German ancestry actually outnumber them.

by Anonymousreply 7005/27/2012

Link please, r70.

Keep in mind: Scandinavia includes not only Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, but in its looser sense, Finland as well.

by Anonymousreply 7105/27/2012

Get your own fucking link if you MUST have it confirmed. You almost sound offended. Why would it matter to you at all?

by Anonymousreply 7205/27/2012

Via wikipedia:

"Over 75.0% of Minnesota's residents are of Western European descent, with the largest reported ancestries being German (38.6%), Norwegian (17.0%), Irish (11.9%), and Swedish (9.8%).

Swedish and Norwegian together are 26.8%. So, if Finns, Danes and/or other Scandinavians make up another 12%, then "Scandinavians" eclipse Germans. But, they don't

by Anonymousreply 7305/27/2012

LOL at r72's hysterical meltdown!

by Anonymousreply 7405/27/2012

Having visiting Minneapolis, I can vouch for the people being very attractive there. Unless you like the primped metrosexual, which I don't.

by Anonymousreply 7505/27/2012

Big deal, R10. NYC has Donald Trump.

by Anonymousreply 7605/27/2012

I'm fixing R72 a drink

by Anonymousreply 7705/27/2012

Finns are 2.4 of Minnesota. Most likely Danes and Icelanders are less than that. Krauts win.

by Anonymousreply 7805/27/2012

What does this have to do with Mia Farrow?

by Anonymousreply 7905/27/2012


by Anonymousreply 8009/11/2012

{quote]Finns are 2.4 of Minnesota. Most likely Danes and Icelanders are less than that.


by Anonymousreply 8109/11/2012

google maps: 2104 Kenwood Ave. Minneapolis

by Anonymousreply 8209/11/2012


by Anonymousreply 8309/11/2012

OP, you've got spunk.

I hate spunk.

by Anonymousreply 8409/11/2012

Why are so many DLers obsessed with Minneapolos?

by Anonymousreply 8509/16/2012

Is it true this city is the WeHo / Chelsea for flyover country?

by Anonymousreply 8611/19/2012

Is it true this city is the WeHo / Chelsea for flyover country?

by Anonymousreply 8711/19/2012

Why are there 5 or 6 threads on Minneapolis?

by Anonymousreply 8811/19/2012

[quote]are there gay people in Michelle Bachmann's district?

Cripes! There are gay people in her living room!

by Anonymousreply 8911/19/2012
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