NEW YORK CITY: Preservationists Launch Interactive Map Of Historic Sites Of LGBT Activism And Culture

DNA Info reports:

Just after the 1969 Stonewall riots — largely considered a seminal moment in the quest for LGBT rights — many gay rights groups were still organizing in the shadows, quietly meeting in neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights to lay the groundwork for the movement.

The historic preservationists working on the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project are now trying to determine through interviews and archival materials where groups met in Brooklyn Heights are still around (which they may be since much of the neighborhood is landmarked) as they continue working to identify, document and preserve hundreds of significant LGBT historic sites across the city.

Of the 92,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, about a dozen are listed for their association with LGBT history. The historic sites project hopes to change that. The project, which was established in 2014, recently launched an interactive map featuring 100 sites organized by type of space, including bars, residences, medical facilities, performance venues, community spaces and more.

See the map here.

RELATED: See an interactive map of current and former NYC gay bars here.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Is Joe’s apartment on there? 😉

    • Natty Enquirer

      Failing infrastructure. ;-D

    • Jerry

      The one with the singing cockroaches?

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  • Canadian Observer

    Not the kind of “interactive” I was hoping for.

    • Tawreos

      Meet the right person at one of the sites and you might get the full interaction.

  • Harold Osler

    “Largely considered a seminal moment”? Who writes this stuff?

    Oh, looks like another millenial. Surprised it didn’t say “Long considered a symbol of cis-washing and white-washing the LBGTQRSTUV history”.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Aw shucks, no mention of the Everard Turkish Baths. That place was WAY historic.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Everard and Eveready?

      • Lars Littlefield

        I actually visited the place in the early 1970s primarily because it was the oldest “tubs” still in operation from the 1800s. The place was definitely a dive. I’m amazed I didn’t pick up plantar warts on my eyelashes. But you did get a real sense of what it was like to do naughty things in the dark before WWII and much earlier.

    • Jerry

      It’s on the interactive map…under “Related” link.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Thanks. Couldn’t find “Related” but I did do a word search and found the link, which led to a bunch of other stuff not easily found by trying to navigate from the first page. But still, a good overview of LGBT geography and history of NYC.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Ahhhh, the old Firehouse at 99 Wooster. I met my first boyfriend there on a Saturday night in 1972. He lived in Queens. I lived in Delaware. He was a banker. I was a college freshman. We were both hot as pistols. What else did we need to know?

    • another_steve

      I met my man at a Saturday night dance there in March 1974. We’ve been together for 43 years.

      I was a twink and he was a hunk. He asked me to dance, and I swooned.

  • another_steve

    Missing from the sites shown in Brooklyn is the Hotel Bossert on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights — a glorious early-20th Century structure complete with grand ballrooms. One of those ballrooms was the venue for Saturday night dances sponsored by the Gay Alliance of Brooklyn (GAB) — one of the earliest (if not the earliest) gay organizations in Brooklyn. GAB was active during the early-70s.

    Dancing under those magnificent chandeliers in the Hotel Bossert… ah, what memories.

    What memories.

    • djcoastermark

      What a neat old Hotel.

  • Puckfair52

    I was in the Firehouse last week their doors were opened. I pointed out the tiny room up on the roof where I lived for several months, The Spiral Staircase is gone!
    I remember the night of the fire at the Everard I used to stay there a lot rather than go back to the Bronx. I went to work the next morning l id call your mother she’s hysterical I had no idea at the loss of life!

  • Randy

    Places — especially kind of underground places as gay establishments usually were – can easily disappear without documentation. This is a great idea, wish LA had something similar.