This is a tip I share with friends who are visiting New York City. They have been eternally grateful for this advice:
Get the phone number and mailing address of someone you know in NYC.
Go to David Barton Gym on 23rd street between 7th and 8th Ave.
Ask to speak to a membership recruiter. Tell them you recently moved to NYC and you are shopping around for a gym to join.
Ask them to give you a free pass for a week to try it out. Give them an address in NYC for contact information.
At the end of the trial period, thank them and tell them you decided not to join.
DBG is filled with guys with that classic gay looking, pumped up hunky guy look, complete with tats, face hair and all the typical stereotypes and attitudes that many gay men think is masculine and sexy. The same clones often go to The Eagle, Fire Island etc.
Assume that the showers/steam room will be an orgy of horny guys getting off. For boys into this scene, its a great way to meet someone who can tell you more about "the lifestyle" and everything they consider fabulous.
The lights are ridiculously dim in the exercise areas (designed to make everyone look sexier) and there's loud, pumping, techno kind of dance music that may or may not put you in a good mood.