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NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

Stonewall LGBT Village Pride Tour

This experience is sponsored, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and a Humanities New York Action Grant. This walk offers an overview of extant sites associated with pre- and post-Stonewall LGBT history, culture, and activism. It is centered around the Stonewall National Monument at Christopher Park. The June 1969 Stonewall uprising was a key turning point in the LGBT rights movement. 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. The walk includes sites such as Stonewall, Julius’, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop. This tour represents a selection of sites associated with LGBT history that are located within a small geographic area. As such, it does not represent the entire long LGBT history of New York City, nor does it entirely reflect the diversity of today’s LGBT community. This collection is limited to the research we have included on the project website so far. For more information or to suggest a site, please visit our website at www.nyclgbtsites.org.

  • 1.

    The Duchess / The Grove / Pandora’s Box

    The Duchess / The Grove / Pandora’s Box

    The space held several lesbian bars from the 1970s to the 1990s, beginning with the Duchess in 1972.

  • 2.

    Stonewall Inn

    Stonewall Inn

    Site of the June 1969 Stonewall uprising, a key turning point in the LGBT liberation movement.

  • 3.

    Greenwich Village Waterfront

    Greenwich Village Waterfront

    For over a century, this section of the waterfront has been a destination for the LGBT community.

  • 4.

    Christopher Park Stonewall National Monument

    Christopher Park Stonewall National Monument

    Integral to the LGBT rights movement and designated a national monument by President Obama in 2016.

  • 5.

    6th Police Precinct Station House

    6th Police Precinct Station House

    After the March 1970 raid on the Snake Pit, 167 gay men were arrested and taken to this former precinct.

  • 6.

    Mattachine Society Office

    Mattachine Society Office

    Between 1972 and 1976, the last offices of city’s first gay rights group, mostly for men.

  • 7.

    The Sea Colony

    The Sea Colony

    By at least 1955 through the 1960s, one of the most popular lesbian bars in Greenwich Village.

  • 8.

    Cubby Hole / Henrietta Hudson

    Cubby Hole / Henrietta Hudson

    Occupied by one of the city’s three remaining lesbian bars, the bar was formerly home to the Cubby Hole.

  • 9.

    Crazy Nanny's

    Crazy Nanny's

    This lesbian bar drew a racially diverse crowd and was open from 1991 to 2004.

  • 10.

    Greenwich Village and its LGBT History

    Greenwich Village and its LGBT History

    A Brief Overview about the Tour to Contextualize Stonewall

  • 11.

    Murray H. Hall Residence

    Murray H. Hall Residence

    Last residence and office of Tammany politico Murray H. Hall at the turn of the 20th century.

  • 12.

    Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth Flagpole

    Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth Flagpole

    Remembering the first officer killed in the Civil War.

  • 13.

    About the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

    About the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

    Learn about the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

  • 14.

    Starting Point of First NYC Pride March

    Starting Point of First NYC Pride March

    In 1970, the city’s first Pride March began on Washington Place between Sheridan Square and Sixth Avenue.

  • 15.

    Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop

    Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop

    The first gay and lesbian bookstore in America occupied this location from 1973 to 2009.

  • 16.

    Julius’

    Julius’

    The 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ challenged the State Liquor Authority’s anti-LGBT policy.

  • 17.

    Café Society / Ridiculous Theatrical Company

    Café Society / Ridiculous Theatrical Company

    From the first integrated nightclub to one of most innovative Off-Off-Broadway theater troups.

  • 18.

    Stewart's Cafeteria

    Stewart's Cafeteria

    This cafeteria attracted a bohemian and gay and lesbian following in the 1930s.

  • 19.

    The Snake Pit

    The Snake Pit

    In 1970, a police raid at this basement bar resulted in protests by newly formed activist groups.

  • 20.

    Gay Liberation Front at Alternate U.

    Gay Liberation Front at Alternate U.

    Demolition Alert: Gay Liberation Front, the first LGBT activist organization post Stonewall, formed here.

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