New York has always had its bohemian “underground” going back to Pfaff’s Saloon in the 1850s—literally underground—with frequenters like poet Walt Whitman and his mate Adah Menken. Join Barry Lewis for a look at Greenwich Village and its environs, tracing how the city’s gay community found safe haven among New York’s “free-love” bohemians of the early 20th century, then blossomed again in a new era’s openness in the post-Stonewall New York of the 1970s.
Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.
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