New York City finally recognizes the National Historic Landmark in its midst! The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted this morning to approve the nomination long advocated by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
With more than 20 testimonies in favor of landmarking Stonewall Inn coming from LGBT activists, preservationists, local politicians, and Stonewall riot survivors—and none in opposition—a “no” from the Landmarks Preservation Commission would probably have incited another protest of historic proportions. Thankfully, no such thing happened, as the Commission unanimously voted to bestow upon the gay bar—notably, the site of an epic 1969 police raid and, according to almost every speaker at the hearing, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement—landmark status. The room erupted in applause, with audience members embracing one another in celebration of the news, which has coincided with the start of New York City’s Pride Week.