76- 78 HISTORIC LGBT+ SITES
NEW YORK IS DOTTED WITH LGBT+ PLACES OF INTEREST, MANY OF THEM CATALOGUED AND MAPPED BY THE NYC LGBT HISTORIC SITES PROJECT ( NYCLGBTSITES. ORG). HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE, NOT- TO- BEMISSED HOTSPOTS
Around the corner from the Stonewall Inn, on Waverly Place, Julius’ is ready to pour you a glass of history. It’s the oldest gay bar in NYC, dating back to the mid- 19th century, and was made even more famous by the Mattachine Society’s 1966 “sip- in” protest. Today, Julius’ is a national landmark that’s as popular as ever, from happy hour through to the wee hours.
No modifiers needed: NYC calls its LGBT+ community space simply “The Center”. Since 1983, the multi- storey West Village hub has offered vital resources and enriching programmes to queers about town, hosting more than 15,000 events every year. Along with this array, The Center is home to an impressive library, archive, and art collection — most famously featuring Keith Haring’s 1989 racy, reflective restroom mural, Once Upon a Time.
Sandwiched between several gay bars and included in the Stonewall National Monument footprint is tranquil Christopher Park. It’s a lovely spot for an outdoor break, plus you can enjoy George Segal’s 1980 Gay Liberation sculptures — two same- sex couples casually standing and seated, representing some of the world’s first public art dedicated to LGBT+ rights.
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