Project Update

50th Anniversary Celebration of the Sip-In at Julius’

April 25, 2016

Last week, on April 21st, we gathered at Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sip-In, which took place here in 1966.

Joshua Laird, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, stood outside Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village to announce its listing on the National Register of Historic Places based on our nomination. Surviving Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch were also present and honored.

“[Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker] truly have paved the way for LGBT rights and I think young people should know what these older gentlemen did to make it a little bit easier for future generations.”
Helen Buford, current owner of Julius'

Elected officials who attended the event include New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and New York City Council Members Rosie Mendez (also chair of the council’s LGBT Caucus), Corey Johnson, and Daniel Dromm. The City Council presented a framed proclamation announcing that April 21, 2016 would be remembered as “Sip-In Day” in New York City.

Many thanks to Casa Vera Productions for capturing a great day in LGBT and NYC history. View the video below!


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