It was well before the club became electric, but my new pal Angola was already excited. That sounds shocking until you learn that San Francisco has none at all. Her multimedia piece, installed for just one weekend in late September, responds to the reality of the dwindling number of spaces dedicated to lesbian nightlife.
Feature Image by Maro Hagopian. She reminisced about how the iconic Bowery was once a seedy bohemian area known for being an epicenter of punk music and underground art before gentrification replaced homeless heroin addicts and rat infested lofts with high rise condominiums and trendy cafes. But instead, she acknowledged that Manhattan is a borough constantly in flux, always changing while remaining the same in many important ways.
Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in Americawrote that in the era after World War II"New York City became the literal gay metropolis for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from both within and without the United States: the place they chose to learn how to live openly, honestly and without shame. The Stonewall Inn, located at 51 and 53 Christopher Streetalong with several other establishments in the city, was owned by the Genovese crime family. Once a week a police officer would collect envelopes of cash as a payoff; the Stonewall Inn had no liquor license.
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By Andrew Collins. Historians have chronicled a vibrant, discernible gay scene here as far back as the s. Manhattan might be the epicenter of NYC gay life, but there's a growing gay community in the outer boroughs, especially in Brooklyn with its Park Slope neighborhood.
November 2, By Alexander Gonzalez. Compelled by this changing landscape, the year-old wanted to make the invisible lesbian bar scene visible again. These forgotten watering holes, many of which have been razed or repurposed into restaurants, will resurface in her solo show Addresseswhich opened today at Amos Eno Gallery in Bushwick.
In fact according to my research, there are only four remaining lesbian bars in New York City with only one left in Brooklyn. We can easily blame Tinder and the likes for the decline in bar room pick-ups, but lesbian bars were never only about finding a date. Queer women have needed a space to call their own away from the heteronormative gaze for years.
October 11, By: Karen Loew. Artist Gwen Shockey is documenting the dwindling number of spaces in New York City dedicated to lesbian nightlife. It was well before the club became electric, but my new pal Angola was already excited.