Orchard Beach, sometimes referred to as “the Bronx Riviera,” has long been a meeting and cruising location for LGBT people of color, in particular.

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Credit: Christopher D. Brazee/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, 2016.


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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Building Information

  • Architect or Builder: Aymar Embury II, consulting architect; Gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano, consulting landscape architects
  • Year Built: 1934-37


  1. 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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Sex & Cruising

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