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NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

Upper West Side LGBT Pride

This experience is sponsored, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, a Humanities New York Action Grant, and the NYC & Company Foundation. The Upper West Side historically attracted an LGBT presence due to various factors, including once-affordable housing, its proximity to parks and Lincoln Center, and subway access. This experience provides a small selection of sites that include writer James Baldwin’s residence; the Ansonia, which once housed the legendary Continental Baths; the Dakota, once home to composer Leonard Bernstein, among others; and the long-time home of lesbian activist Joan Nestle, who, along with others founded and ran the Lesbian Herstory Archives here before its move to Brooklyn. This tour represents a selection of extant 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

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