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Tony Powell

"Oh, I do recall the Firehouse @ 99 Wooster."

OMG!!!! The Firehouse was my FIRST! gay "place"...I was SIXTEEN, but tall for my age, 6'1".

I'd read about the party in the Village Voice when it was still an "underground" newspaper. I was scared shitless, but determined to find "my people" I got in without a whimper! Still, I'm very nervous and I'm about one of three? black people in the place...fortunately, a couple of "older" (probably in their late 20's) men come over and chat...for real, no pick-up intentions...but I was "hoping" :-)

Glen Bentstein

Does anyone remember the "Headless Horseman" gay bar on W.10-th Street in Greenwich Village ? The owner lived in Old Tappan, New Jersey.It was down a flight of stairs there there in the late 1970's (c.1979-80) or so. However, it seems to have been lost through time and was not there very long either.If you remember it....leave a comment on this blog and tell us of your memories. Thanks so much !

LUANN RHATHOEL

Does anyone remember the "Headless Horseman" gay bar on W.10-th Street in Greenwich Village ? The owner lived in Old Tappan, New Jersey.It was down a flight of stairs there there in the late 1970's (c.1979-80) or so. However, it seems to have been lost through time and was not there very long either.If you remember it....leave a comment on this blog and tell us of your memories. Thanks so much !

Eric Galbraith

Greetings Rob.
I came across your blog earlier today for RIP to NYC of yore. One of your readers, Lee L. posted a comment 2 years back asking if anyone remembered the adult bookstore on Christopher Street. In response to that inquiry, I remember it well. I lived in Apt.9, top floor above the bookshop at 130 Christopher Street from '79 to '81. I was 21 when I rented the apartment, and I had been living in the East Village for 2 years prior. In 1977 I came to the Big Apple to go to acting school. Needless to say, Boots & Saddles, Ty's, Trilogy, 9th Circle, and Uncle Charlie's Downtown were all bars on my local stomping ground which I patronized on a frequent basis. And, of course, when one was feeling extra raunchy (on rare occasions): Badlands, The Rammrod, and The Mine Shaft. Being a tad shy and reserved at the time didn't stop me from hitting the bars and clubs regularly, but it definitely kept me from becoming a fatal statistic when the band eventually stopped playing and many were called upon to pay the bill. I'm certainly not one to live in the past,(the now LONG past) but I do cherish my memories of gay Village nightlife in that most golden, almost forgotten era of the late '70s -'81. I too kept journals of those golden years, and every once in a while I drag them out, dust them off, and reminisce.
While living above the bookstore, I would often pull a chair up to my window overlooking Christopher Street and Hudson to observe the following: on busy weekend afternoons, when the sidewalks were teaming with gay men, mostly non-villagers down for a look-see...what the occasional visitor wouldn't see was a fire hydrant strategically placed a few feet up from the corner. While walking toward the river and looking back to cruise some hottie who had caught his eye, it was not uncommon to walk full steam ahead into the hydrant in exchange for a brutal blow beneath the knee. It was always entertaining to watch the recovery (delivered by the victim for the benefit of all who had witnessed the incident) while pretending that it was no big deal. Personally, I have never walked into a fire hydrant....but its gotta hurt!!! Just thought I'd share.
Anywho, when you do cue up the band for "I'm Still Here", give me a shout. I'll be happy to join in the chorus. Like the dinosaurs who roamed the earth in their final days before us, there aren't many of us left.
Thank you for the venue, and thank you for keeping a little light shining on this brief but most colorful period of our cultural history. Cheers, Eric G.

timmmyk

My very first gay bar was Boots and Saddle in 1979. It took so much for me to gulp and walk into the place, convinced someone I knew from Long Island was going to recognize me. I was 19 and an 'old' guy - a very nice, well dressed, handsome, professional gentleman - offered to buy me my first drink in a gay bar. I was stunned by the attention, said, 'no thank you' and ran away. Not too long after that I was wide eyed and oblivious when I was completely shunned by the crowd then insulted and summarily dismissed by a regular at Badlands because I was a 'brown,' a suburban guy who wore a brown leather jacket instead of the mandatory black leather.

Jim DiGiovanni

The Works was not on Columbus Avenue in the 90s but rather on Columbus Avenue between W80 and W81 St.

Dennis Coutinho

South Dakota was located on 3rd Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets. Was my local bar and the bartender was the nicest. I worked at Crisco Disco at the time. Dated SD bartender and sure would love to know how to go about locating anyone from SD at that time

Frank

My first trip to NYC (as a naïve preppy boy from North Carolina, who had been Out in our local clubs but was not quite prepared for the Big Apple!) was in March of 1982 to visit a high school friend who was at Barnard. I remember "Making Love" (the movie) had just been released and we saw it in a theatre near Times Square. Even in NYC, people were gagging when the two men kissed for the first time!

Bars I remember seeing or going to that you don't list:
-Cahoots (neon sign out front; I didn't go in, but Paul Monette mentions this as the bar his departed partner about whom _Borrowed Time_ was written picked up the trick who gave him HIV)
-Ice Palace 57 (where I recall a magician and drag queen "assistant" coming out and doing a show at some point
-Somewhere on 96th with 96 in the title, I think? I saw it in my Bob Damron and went, only to realize it was an African-American bar.
-There was a porn store called Ft. Dix down on Christopher; I had a nice night with a guy who worked there, and later stopped by to hang out with him at work.

Wish I could remember more from my early '80s visits; going to bars was pretty much what I did every night back then!

James Weasie

THE HAYMARKET (47th and 8th Avenue)
This was a true hustler bar in the old Times Square of Hell's Kitchen, which featured a bar, booths, a pool table, and mature men spending $20 for a piece of the pie. Yes, 20 bucks! That one will make your pussy scream to get out of its bloomas !...Can you gag?....Those were the days of the 1970'sand early 80's !

Dave

Hi Eric,

I also lived in an apartment above the book store on Christopher St. but only from March - October of 1979.My boyfriend Patrick and I worked downstairs in the book store and I have memories of Lou Reed,Divine,Anthony Perkins and Jackie Curtis visiting the shop. Also, daily visits from soon-to-be legends Marsha P Johnson and Rollerina. So many great stories! Danny's and The Cockring, along with Nicky's Gallery and Hurrahs! were my favorite bars/discos.Pat eventually moved to Boston and I moved to LA with my (then) boyfriend. So many great memories of living in Manhattan from 1975 - 1983!

jose luis Fernández

I am defenitely younger that you.When I arrived in NYC on October 1969 the frist gay bar I went in was on 57 st and Lexington Avenue, it was called the MENINSHA, I was very young and the crowd very old; the nexT one was the YUKON on Lexington and 51st, the City Corp building didnt exist at the time, and one close to my place was THE CANDY STORE, really interesting; on the mezaninne theatrical students used to perform fragments of Broadway commedies. I was never very much a Greenwich Village fan. The Badlands and the Eagle's nest horrified me. The worst as far as I am concerned was THE ANVIL, I only went once

Steve schreiber

Any info on a gay club ( bar, maybe) in the village, The Grapevine. Once, in the late 60s, I accompanied a gay friend, Everett Robbins, to meet his friends, while I sat in the club having a drink or 3.

CHRIS

OH MY GOD! SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES. MOVED TO NYC FROM CA IN FEB 1971. 1ST TIME IN GREENWICH VILLAGE I THOT I'D GONE TO HOT BOY HEAVEN. (THEY WERE BOYS BACK THEN! HOT HOT HOT ON CHRISTOPHER ST). WORKED AT BROADWAY & 12th SO WALKED TO THE PATH EVERY NITE PICKING UP AS MANY AS 3 TRICKS A NITE. DON'T FORGET NEW JIMMY'S ON 2ND AVE WHERE WAYLAND & MADAME FIRST APPEARED, THE TRUBADOR AND SEBASTION'S (SP ON BOTH) ON 1ST BETWEEN 58 & 59. MET "BARNABAS COLLINS" THERE AND PEGGY CASS WAS FREQUENTLY THERE. COUNTRY COUSIN ALWAYS FUN. MINESHAFT TOO (WOKE UP ONE MORNING NAKED ON THE BAR!) FELL DOWN THE STAIRS AT THE 9TH CIRCLE. AND I HAVE MANY MORE STORIES UNTIL NEXT TIME...

vincent ward

I've been to several of these. The first bar I went to was Chaps (not mentioned) which was on Third Avenue between East 87-88. Western theme and a (back room). I stopped going when they began playing the music way too loud. It closed soon after. I wonder why?

Eric Galbraith

Hi Dave,
You must have been moving out of 130 Christopher St. while I was moving in!! I took possession the 1st of October 1979, but actually moved in on the 14th of the month. I remember it well because the date coincided with the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. While I was hauling my stuff up 3 flights of narrow stairs over multiple trips, masses of charged-up gay men and women were pouring into the village via charter busses to celebrate the days victory. Some ratty looking queen was parked out on the front steps beneath my window blaring Donna Summers out of a boombox for hours that first night...and I thought my head was going to pop off. Fond memories as well of Village life during that era!

H. Monti

Do you remember the restaurant on the corner of 55th St. and 1st Have? Popular with the gay east side crowd in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s?

Louis Grande Louise

Yes ! To: Dharmabum who posted the comment on 10/15/14....I remember "LE BAR" quite vividly from 1981-83. Bernard was the owner and Robert one of the bartenders (we briefly dated).It was a very small,but notorious hustla-bar,just off 3rd Avenue and up the street from the larger and more well-known "ROUNDS."I used to go in there after work with skin-tight designer jeans,leather jacket and pointy-toed boots in the disco-era.Men would whistle at me on the street,guys would proposition me in there and the hustlers would occasionally follow me in the bathroom to grope me,kiss me,and fondle me...I loved the attention.but was not a hustler ! I Only went there for drinks and the attention of being a cute 25 year old guido from Brooklyn...LOL !

Rob

I believe you're thinking of The Mayfair.

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