Mayfair Bar & Grill, January 1952. Source: "Images of America: St. George" (2009) by David Goldfarb and James G. Ferreri.
By the mid-20th century, this corner building across the street from Staten Island Borough Hall was the location of a popular restaurant, known variously as the Mayfair Bar & Grill, the Mayfair Restaurant & Bar, or the Mayfair Tavern.
Based on an FBI report, the Mayfair catered to a gay crowd by the late 1950s. It continued to draw gay patrons until at least the 1960s, when Mattachine Society guidebooks described the restaurant as attracting a “sweater crowd” (a white-collar crowd). Mattachine’s 1969 guidebook also reveals that the Mayfair was “mixed,” meaning that both gay and straight people came here. It appears that gay men met here in the evenings.
Since that time, the building has been extensively altered.
Architect or Builder: Unknown
Year Built: 1935
New York City Gay Scene Guide, Mattachine Book Service, 1968 and 1969.
Philip Crawford, Jr., The Mafia and the Gays, self-published, 2015.
Staten Island 350th Anniversary Committee, Discovering Staten Island: A 350th Anniversary Commemorative History (Charleston: The History Press, 2011).
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