Julius’ located on West 10th Street at Waverly Place is the oldest gay bar in NYC and also one of the city’s oldest continually operating bars. Photo 2010 appears in our book “New York Nights.”
Our friends at the Historic Districts Council @hdcnyc are hosting a symposium at Riverside Church on October 1st titled “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Sites of Cultural History” and will be discussing how best to protect and celebrate cultural landmarks like Julius’ which was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a significant site connected to the LBGT community in NYC. •
The conference will be:
Monday, October 1, 2018 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Riverside Church 91 Claremont Avenue (between W. 120 and W. 121 Streets)
General Admission: $15 / Students/Seniors: FREE (Breakfast and lunch will be provided)
Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites that have cultural relevance, which are often invisible to passers-by and left unprotected. Advocates across the city are working to raise awareness of a diverse array of cultural sites, from the Bowery to Arthur Avenue, Tin Pan Alley to Yorkville, and Walt Whitman’s house in Brooklyn to a recently discovered African burial ground in Queens. Just this year, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Central Harlem – West 130th-132nd Streets Historic District, which the agency describes as “not only representative of Central Harlem’s residential architecture, but the rich social, cultural, and political life of its African American population in the 20th century.” In recent years, Greenwich Village’s Caffé Cino and Julius’ Bar were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as significant and influential sites connected to the LGBT community in New York City; The New York Times profiled a historian giving tours of Muslim sites of significance in Harlem; and the City is commemorating some of our most storied and accomplished female citizens with the installation of statues in all five boroughs.
To register please visit: http://hdc.org/featured/beyond-bricks-mortar-rethinking-site-of-cultural-history