76- 78 HIS­TORIC LGBT+ SITES

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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

JULIUS’

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.

THE CEN­TER

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.

CHRISTO­PHER PARK

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.

The Cen­terChristo­pher Park

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