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Some things are better when they’re new but most things just have that irreplaceable charm when they’re old, like these classic New York City butcher shops. NYC was once filled with meat markets on almost every corner, however, today only a handful remain and we’re lucky that they do. With authentic butchery techniques that are more than half a century old, quality meats and shop locations around the boroughs, there is no doubt that New Yorkers are continuing to support family owned businesses.

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La Mama-Experimental Theater-Fourth Street Arts Block-East Village-NYCLa MaMa during Fourth Arts Block Festival. Photo via gvshp.org

The theaters in and around Times Square have incredible architecture and history, but for almost sixty years, there has been another incubator for plays and performance making history and influencing the Great White Way far south of 42nd Street.

The Off-Off-Broadway movement started around 1958, when a young Italian-American gay man opened up a cafe where he and his friends could get together and share poetry, music and art. Eventually those friends  started writing and performing plays in the Caffe Cino, which got the ball rolling on an entire theatrical movement.

The Off-Off-Broadway movement still thrives today.
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Grove Court in Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is one of New York City’s most beloved neighborhoods, renown for its Bohemian history and its stately charm today. With its winding streets and hidden alleys, you can still find many secrets despite how expensive and chic the neighborhood has become.

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In the fast-paced city of New York, where people are constantly on their feet, a bench, chair or any place to sit is a welcome sight. For the second year, “Street Seats,” an art installation on the corner of 13th Street and 5th Avenue is the solution for city dwellers who need a place to sit. The installation combines sustainability, functionality and comfort in the concrete jungle.

In partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation, students from The New School’s Parson School of Design, Eugene Lang College and Schools of Public Engagement revived the project as part of the Spring 2016 “Design Build” course.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2016. New York City Landmark the Stonewall Inn on a Spring afternoon. 05112016. Photo by Jarrett Lyons/NYCity News Service

June marks one year since the Stonewall Inn was designated an individual New York City landmark within the historic district of Greenwich Village. While the Stonewall Riots were a dramatic historical moment for the LGBT community, the movement did not start or end there. There were many smaller events and locations that gave exposure to the LGBT community in spaces used to socialize, make art, and mobilize.

Each of the buildings included in this list is a designated individual landmark and are protected as historic spaces by virtue of being located in an historic district. Historic designation reports do note an area’s distinction in LGBT history, particularly if the district was designated after the LGBT movement became prominent. The designation of the Stonewall Inn was particularly notable from a social and historical perspective, since it was generally acknowledged that the site was not architecturally or aesthetically distinguished – a clear gesture to landmark the history behind the building. 

In honor of Pride Month, we highlight ten notable LGBT landmarks and sites in New York City:

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58WashingtonSquare_PGavan_Untapped CitiesGrace Godwin looks out the window of her tearoom at 58 Washington Square South. The adjoining buildings at 244 and 246 Thompson Street were reportedly once occupied by a roadhouse where travelers could bide their time while waiting for the stagecoaches to change horses. Photo by Jessie Tarbox Beals, via Library of Congress

In 1918, New York City photographer Jessie Tarbox Beals took a series of photos of Grace Godwin’s Garret at 58 Washington Square South in Greenwich Village. The tearoom and the site it occupied has an interesting history going back to the 17th century, when the land in this area was home to freed African-born slaves who received Dutch land grants and established farms near the area of today’s Washington Square Park.

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