Sex & Cruising
In the 17th century, the colony of New Amsterdam on the southern tip of present-day Manhattan made homosexuality a capitol offense under Dutch law, a punishment that was continued through the 17th and 18th centuries under English rule.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, with homosexual acts still being punishable to varying degrees, LGBT people found various public spaces in New York City to meet each other, cruise, and have sex.
Historic LGBT sites — including public parks, piers, and beaches, bathhouses, bars, and clubs — in this curated theme show the evolution of the city’s sex and cruising spaces from the 1840s to the 1990s.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 20 )
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
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