The Greenwich Village Historical Society recently spoke out about how New York’s Landmarks Preservation Committee has not officially established any LGBT-related sites as landmarks based on their LGBT history. “In truth, the LPC has never designated a single building in all of New York based primarily upon LGBT history, in spite of several requests to do so and ample opportunities in what is perhaps the premiere city in the world for modern LGBT history sites,” writes GVHS. Many buildings with an LGBT history have not been recognized as national historical landmarks at all. Here are some that should be.
2. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
This old school building became the home of the LGBT Center in 1983, and it’s still going strong. ACT UP and GLAAD both formed at the Center, and Kieth Haring painted a mural in one of the bathrooms.
8. Julius Bar
159 W 10th Street
Julius Bar is the oldest gay bar in New York. It opened in 1864, but refused to serve gay people until 1966, when activists staged a “sip-in” to challenge the laws that refused gays liquor. It worked, and Julius Bar is still open today.