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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 fear and repression, gay bars and other social gathering spaces were crucial in creating a sense of community and brewing political agitation.

This curated theme highlights a few sites near Stonewall, all of which will be included in a forthcoming walking tour brochure that we are producing in collaboration with the National Parks Conservation Association.

See the overall map of Greenwich Village for sites we have added so far.

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Stonewall Inn, September 9, 1969. Photo by Diana Davies. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

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Featured Historic Sites (8)

A
457 Sixth Avenue
This rowhouse near the Jefferson Market police court (now the Jefferson Market Library) was the last residence and office of Tammany politico Murray H. Hall at the turn of the... Learn More
B
116 7th Avenue South
Stewart’s Cafeteria, later the Life Cafeteria, was located in this Greenwich Village building in the 1930s and attracted a bohemian and gay and lesbian following. The large plate glass windows... Learn More
C
291 Mercer Street
Gay rights activist Craig Rodwell established America’s first gay and lesbian bookstore, named in memory of Oscar Wilde, in a storefront of this apartment building on Mercer Street in 1967.... Learn More
D
159 West 10th Street
On April 21, 1966, a "Sip-In" was organized by members of the Mattachine Society, one of the country’s earliest gay rights organizations, to challenge the State Liquor Authority's discriminatory policy... Learn More
E
51-53 Christopher Street
From June 28 to July 3, 1969, LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn and members of the local community took the unusual action of fighting back during a routine police... Learn More
F
211 West 10th Street
In 1970, less than a year after Stonewall, the police raided the Snake Pit bar and detained many people at the local police station. After one person attempted to escape... Learn More
G
530 Sixth Avenue / 69 West 14th Street
After the Stonewall rebellion in June 1969, the first LGBT activist organization formed was the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), in July. GLF used Alternate U., a free counterculture school and... Learn More
H
Christopher Street Pier
For over a century, the Greenwich Village waterfront along the Hudson River, including the Christopher Street Pier at West 10th and West Streets, has been a destination for the LGBT... Learn More