REBNY backs landmark status for Stonewall Inn

The Real Estate Board of New York is backing an effort to grant landmark status to the Stonewall Inn, the legendary Greenwich Village bar that is considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement.

REBNY officials plan to voice their support during a hearing Tuesday before the city's Landmark Preservation Commission.

The Stonewall Inn, located on Christopher Street, was named a National Historic Landmark in 2000, and is located in the Greenwich Village Historic District, a preserved area. But a ruling from the L.P.C. could give the Stonewall its first individual landmark award from the city, and make it the first landmarked building within a historic district.

“Today, visitors from across the country and around the world come to this two-story, simple brick and smooth-stuccoed building on Christopher Street for its historical and cultural significance as the place where the LGBT Rights Movement was born,” REBNY’s testimony reads. “Whether for architectural, historical or cultural reasons, the appeal of a property to attract visitors from near and far is certainly one important measure of its significance in considering designation.”

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