2. Pyramid Club

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2016. The Pyramid Club, an LGBT historic space in the East Village Historic District on a Spring afternoon. 05112016. Photo by Jarrett Lyons/NYCity News Service

The Pyramid Club in the East Village, where drag aesthetic developed in the 1980s, holds a similarly important place in LGBT history. However, the Landmarks Preservation Commission denied a past attempt to designate the Pyramid club as “the first drag landmark.”

When the Lower East Side district was designated historic in October of 2012, the Pyramid Club’s designation as a historically significant space was included in the report: “[101 Avenue A] became the Pyramid Club in 1979, a defining club for avant garde music in the 1980s. It hosted such performers as Ann Magnuson, and an early benefit concerts for AIDS victims.”