Outdoor Public Spaces
This curated collection highlights LGBT history associated with outdoor public spaces — parks, beaches, and playgrounds — that are almost all under the auspices of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Sites include commemorative markers and memorials, works of art, and activist and cruising locations in parks, beaches, and plazas.
Also included are public spaces named after notable LGBT people, some of which intentionally honor a person’s LGBT identity.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 41 )
The beaches, boardwalk, and parking lots of South Beach have been Staten Island’s most popular LGBT cruising areas since at least the 1960s. At times these have been contested grounds,... Learn More
In June 1969, a week before the Stonewall uprising, a group of local Queens residents formed a “vigilante committee” to harass gay men cruising in a nearby Flushing Meadows-Corona Park... Learn More
On April 18, 1965, the fourth-ever gay rights demonstration in the United States – and the third in New York City – took place at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, across the... Learn More