Orchard Beach, 1947. Photo by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives.
Orchard Beach, 1937. Source: NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
Bathhouse and promenade at Orchard Beach, 2016. Photo by Christopher D. Brazee/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
Entrance to Orchard Beach, 2016. Photo by Christopher D. Brazee/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
Orchard Beach is the only public beach in the Bronx and is sometimes called “the Bronx Riviera.” It has long served as a popular recreational, meeting, and cruising place for the LGBT community, particularly for people of color.
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Architect or Builder: Aymar Embury II, consulting architect; Gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano, consulting landscape architects
Year Built: 1934-37
George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (New York: BasicBooks, 1994).
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