153 and Counting … Looking Back on 2018

December 20, 2018

We just published our 153rd LGBT historic site!

We’re immensely proud of this work, to document NYC’s sites of significance to the LGBT movement, and equally grateful to those whose support has made the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project possible. Together, we’ve put LGBT history on the map.

Celebrate with us by donating $153 to the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project (or any amount — truly, every dollar counts!).


Just how far have we come since the Project launched in 2015?

153 published sites and multiple successful State and National Register listing nominations later, it’s evident: New York City and State are home to a rich LGBT history that merits acknowledgement, documentation and, in some cases, designation. Also in 2018 …

  • Walking tours (12!), lectures and presentations (7!) and events (5!)
  • Release of our “Historic Context Statement for LGBT History in New York City,” published in partnership with the New York State Historic Preservation Office, as a framework for researching and evaluating sites of potential LGBT significance in New York City (more)

All of this work is undertaken by our team of just one full-time staff person and three all-volunteer co-directors. This year has been non-stop; we have no plans to slow down in 2019.

Please donate to the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to ensure that the invisible history of LGBT New Yorkers and Americans is documented, honored and passed on to new generations.


In the spirit of this holiday season, donations of $250 and above will receive, as our thank-you, a limited-edition photo of the historic Mattachine Society “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar, signed by two participants: Dick Leitsch (1935-2018) and Randy Wicker.

Taken by Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah on April 21, 1966, the image was printed in 2018 from the original negative and stamped with the official authorization from the McDarrah estate.


Ken, Jay, Andrew and Amanda
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project Team

P.S. Curious to know more about that 153rd site? Here you go!


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We’re New York State Award Winners!

December 6, 2018

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project team has been honored with a 2018 New York State Historic Preservation Award!

Last week, the team traveled to the New York State Museum in Albany to accept the award, given annually by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to projects which exemplify “excellence in the preservation and revitalization of New York’s historic and cultural resources.”

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project was recognized as “an outstanding and groundbreaking documentation project that records the often untold and remarkable histories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender New Yorkers.” The award acknowledges our website of over 150 LGBT historic sites (and counting!) across the city’s five boroughs, completion of the Historic Context Statement for LGBT History in New York City, five nominations to the National Register of Historic Places (with two more in the pipeline), and an ongoing intensive-level survey.

This work has been partially funded by the National Park Service’s Underrepresented Communities Grants program, which is administered by the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Special thanks to Kath LaFrank, National Register Coordinator, and Kathy Howe, Survey and Evaluation Unit Coordinator, at the state office for their guidance.

We’re looking forward to increasing representation and awareness of the city’s LGBT historic sites in 2019 as we gear up for World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in June!



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