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13 Sites

Lesbian Life Before Stonewall

From Lillian Wald’s founding of a public health facility for the poor, to Berenice Abbott’s photographs of a changing city, to Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun, lesbians... Learn More

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13 Sites

Activism Before Stonewall

The June-July 1969 Stonewall Uprising is widely considered a key turning point in the LGBT rights movement, but efforts to achieve LGBT equality in the United States actually date back... Learn More

HISTORIC SITES

51-53 Christopher Street

Stonewall Inn

From June 28 to July 3, 1969, LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn and members of the local community took... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
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Christopher Park

Christopher Park / Stonewall National Monument

Located just across from the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park has been at the center of the LGBT rights movement since... Learn More

Public Spaces
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337 East 13th Street

Kay “Tobin” Lahusen Residence

From 1967 to 1973, early gay rights pioneer Kay “Tobin” Lahusen – and life partner of leading gay rights strategist... Learn More

Residences
Events

May 6, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Gay Greenwich Village (Instagram Live tour)

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HISTORIC SITES

82 East 4th Street

Club 82

From 1953 to 1973, the basement of this building was home to Club 82, one of the most prominent American... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
Events

November 30, 2021 | 6:30PM

George Platt Lynes: The Daring Eye

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HISTORIC SITES

90 Kent Avenue

Marsha P. Johnson State Park

Marsha P. Johnson was a Black trans activist and Stonewall veteran who became a key figure in the gay liberation... Learn More

Public Spaces

August 31, 2021

Our Team

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11 Sites

National Register Listings

In 1999, the team that would later found the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project successfully nominated the Stonewall Inn to the National Register of Historic Places, the first site to... Learn More

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12 Sites

Early Community Centers

Before the 1983 opening of the LGBT Community Center at 208 West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, a number of important social and political spaces that served as an alternative... Learn More

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25 Sites

Bars & Nightlife

While their significance is often underestimated or dismissed by heterosexual society, bars and other establishments played a pivotal role throughout the 20th century — but particularly in the pre-Stonewall era... Learn More

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20 Sites

Gay Activists Alliance

The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) was formed in December 1969 by Jim Owles, Marty Robinson, Arthur Evans, Arthur Bell, and others, who became disaffected by the Gay Liberation Front (GLF),... Learn More

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15 Sites

Village Pride Tour

Greenwich Village has a long and diverse history that has made it an important epicenter of LGBT life in New York City. In the pre-Stonewall years, amidst an atmosphere of... Learn More

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10 Sites

Why We March

Since the late 1960s, LGBT New Yorkers have organized marches of various kinds to promote pride and visibility, protest against exclusion and discrimination. and unite as a community in public... Learn More

HISTORIC SITES

240 West 38th Street

Corduroy Club / Isaia NYC Fashion House

The Corduroy Club, located here from March 1967 to 1971, was a significant effort by the pre-Stonewall LGBT community in... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
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296 Ninth Avenue

Church of the Holy Apostles

From 1969 to 1974, the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea was one of the most important meeting places... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

530 Sixth Avenue / 69 West 14th Street

Gay Liberation Front at Alternate U.

After the Stonewall rebellion in June 1969, the first LGBT activist organization formed was the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), in... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

1133 Broadway

Mattachine Society & Daughters of Bilitis Offices

From at least December 1958 to July 1968, this building near Madison Square was the location of the offices of... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

Christopher Street Pier

Greenwich Village Waterfront

For over a century, the Greenwich Village waterfront along the Hudson River, including the Christopher Street Pier at West 10th... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

Jacob Riis Park

Riis Park Beach

The isolated eastern end of the beach at Jacob Riis Park has been a location for LGBT sunbathing and cruising... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

401 West 24th Street

Vito Russo Residence

Best remembered for his pioneering book The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, Vito Russo was also a significant gay rights... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

214 16th Street

Transy House

Transy House was a transgender collective operated by Rusty Mae Moore and Chelsea Goodwin from 1995 to 2008. It provided... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

33-23 171st Street

Manford Family Residence

In 1972, Queens schoolteacher Jeanne Manford publicly spoke out in support of her gay son Morty at a time when... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

247 W 11th St

Liberation House

In 1972, friends Leonard Ebreo and Alice Bloch co-founded Liberation House, an early post-Stonewall community center that provided health services... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

208 West 13th Street

LGBT Community Center

Since 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center has served as a vital support system for hundreds... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

78th Street & 37th Avenue

Julio Rivera Corner

This street sign in Jackson Heights commemorates Julio Rivera, a gay Puerto Rican man who in 1990 was brutally attacked... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

207 St. Paul's Avenue

Audre Lorde Residence

Acclaimed Black lesbian feminist, writer, and activist Audre Lorde lived here with her partner and two children from 1972 to... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

215 West 10th Street

Snake Pit

In 1970, less than a year after Stonewall, the police raided the Snake Pit bar and detained many people at... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

82-70 Austin Street

Kitty Genovese Residence

From 1963 to 1964, Kitty Genovese lived here with her girlfriend Mary Ann Zielonko, though they were known to most... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

130 West 3rd Street

Tony Pastor’s Downtown / Gay Community Center

Tony Pastor’s Downtown, in business from 1939 to 1967, had a mixed clientele of lesbians and tourists, and some gay... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

Washington Place, west of Sixth Avenue

NYC Pride March

New York City’s first ever Pride March was held on Sunday, June 28, 1970 (the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall... Learn More

Public Spaces
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350 Bleecker Street

Craig Rodwell Residence / Arnie Kantrowitz Residence

Craig Rodwell, one of the key leaders of the pre- and post-Stonewall gay rights movement, moved into this recently-built apartment... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

394-395 West Street

Ramrod

The Ramrod on the Hudson River waterfront was one of New York’s most popular leather bars in the 1970s. It... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

99 Clinton Street

Gay Alliance of Brooklyn at Spencer Memorial Church

The Gay Alliance of Brooklyn was one of the first gay civil rights organizations established in New York City outside... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
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48-52 Eighth Avenue

Sea Colony

By at least 1955 through the 1960s, the Sea Colony was one of the most popular lesbian bars in Greenwich... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Picket at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Fourth-Ever U.S. Gay Rights Protest

On April 18, 1965, the fourth-ever gay rights demonstration in the United States – and the third in New York... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

86 University Place

The Bagatelle

Remembered by author Ann Bannon and writer/activist Audre Lorde, the Bagatelle, or “the Bag,” was a popular lesbian bar from... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

150 West 4th Street

Mad Hatter / Pony Stable Inn

From 1916 to c. 1930, the basement of this building was the location of the Mad Hatter, Greenwich Village’s first... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

149 West 14th Street

Kooky’s

Kooky’s, also known as Kooky’s Cocktail Lounge, was a lesbian bar that operated from 1965 to 1973. After the Stonewall... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

53 West 19th Street

Gianni’s

Gianni’s was a popular, Mafia-run lesbian bar open from 1966 until 1975. After it closed, three other lesbian bars, Casa... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

Christopher Park

Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth Flagpole

This flagpole is named for the first officer to be killed during the Civil War, Union Army Col. Elmer Ephraim... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

135 Charles Street

6th Police Precinct Station House

Following the March 1970 police raid on the Snake Pit, a nearby gay bar, 167 gay men were arrested and... Learn More

Public Spaces
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59 Christopher Street

Mattachine Society Office

In 1972, the Mattachine Society Inc. of New York, one of the city’s most influential early gay rights groups, mostly... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
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230 West 74th Street

Continental Baths at the Ansonia Hotel

Between 1968 and 1976, the Continental Baths operated out of the basement space of the then-dilapidated Ansonia Hotel. The legendary... Learn More

Bars, Clubs & Restaurants
HISTORIC SITES

Bryant Park

NYC Dyke March

First organized by the Lesbian Avengers in 1993, the NYC Dyke March is an annual march from Bryant Park to... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

106 Central Park South

Barbizon-Plaza Hotel

Completed in 1930, the Barbizon-Plaza Hotel was the first residential hotel equipped as a music and arts center in the... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
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235 West 46th Street

Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub

From 1938 to 1951, entertainment impresario Billy Rose operated one of New York City’s most opulent and successful nightclubs, the... Learn More

Performance Venues
HISTORIC SITES

54 Seventh Avenue South

Women’s Coffeehouse

Open from 1974 to 1978 in Greenwich Village, the Women’s Coffeehouse was a popular and important social gathering and activist... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
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141 Prince St

Daughters of Bilitis Center

The Daughters of Bilitis Center was the first exclusively lesbian center in New York City and one of the first... Learn More

Organization & Community Spaces
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240 Centre Street

Gay Activists Alliance Protest at New York City Police Headquarters

On November 11, 1972, the Gay Activists Alliance led a protest over never-ending police mistreatment of the LGBT community at... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

65 Court Street

Gay Activists Alliance Zap at the New York City Board of Examiners

The Gay Activists Alliance zapped the Board of Examiners, the agency responsible for the licensing of teachers, in downtown Brooklyn... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

89 East 2nd Street

Alvin Baltrop Residence

The gay, African American photographer Alvin Baltrop captured the unfolding LGBT life at the West Side piers and elsewhere in... Learn More

Residences
HISTORIC SITES

Grand Central Parkway & 78th Avenue

Demonstration Against LGBT Harassment in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Tree Grove

In June 1969, a week before the Stonewall uprising, a group of local Queens residents formed a “vigilante committee” to... Learn More

Public Spaces
HISTORIC SITES

1446 First Avenue

Founding of the Gay Activists Alliance at the Arthur Bell Residence

The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) was officially founded in December 1969, after a number of activists left the earlier Gay... Learn More

Residences
Project Update

July 30, 2019

Our History Has Been Erased

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Events

June 24, 2019 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

Human Rights Conference

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Events

June 9, 2019 | 12:00pm-2:30pm

Scavenger Hunt with Urban Archive

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Project Update

May 20, 2019

Myth Busters

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Events

March 28, 2019 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

Brooklyn LGBTQ+ History

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Events

April 7, 2019 | 2:00pm-4:00pm

Woodlawn LGBT History Trolley Tour

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Project Update

April 13, 2018

DEMOLISHED: Paradise Lost

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Events

April 25, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

Mapping NYC’s LGBT History

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Project Update

April 6, 2017

Speaking in Sweden

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Events

May 9, 2017 | 8:00 - 9:15 A.M.

APA 2017 National Planning Conference

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Events

March 25, 2016 | 6 P.M.

A Talk with Columbia Students

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