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Gay Rights Icon Stonewall Inn May Become City Landmark

Tomorrow's vote could protect the bar from being torn down or changed.

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The Stonewall Inn, which was the site of a crucial moment in the gay rights movement in 1969, may soon become an official city landmark. "We don't want to see an important historical site turn into a nail salon. With real estate as crazy as it is, I would consider these sites to be generally threatened from those type of pressures," state Senator Brad Hoylman told the Daily News. The Landmarks Preservation Commission will vote on the decision tomorrow.

Stonewall has stood in the Village since 1967, though it closed shortly after the riots that made it famous in 1969 and didn't reopen until 1990. Since then, it has served as a meeting place for celebrations of major steps in the battle to legalize gay marriage nationally. Landmark status would protect the bar from being torn down or changed, at least on the outside.

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation has also been pushing for this decision. It's executive director Andrew Berman told the Daily News: "It is critical that the history of sites like Stonewall and the immeasurably important role they played in making our country a more just, open, and accepting place, is recognized and preserved."

Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 (212) 463-0950 Visit Website