Water Colony

Water Colony

Overview

By at the least 1955 through the 1960s, the ocean Colony had been probably one of the most popular lesbian pubs in Greenwich Village.

A popular of author and activist Joan Nestle, and others, it had been a sanctuary particularly for working-class lesbians in the time, regardless of being Mafia-run and sometimes raided by the authorities.

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The ocean Colony, first floor of 52, 50, and 48 Eighth Avenue (left to right), 1964. Picture by John Barrngton Bayley. Due to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Approximate Water Colony flooring plan. Drawn by Gwendolyn Stegall for the NYC LGBT Historic web web Sites Project in discussion with water Colony bartender Preston Mardenborough.

Women’s House of Detention (demolished), Greenwich Avenue between western tenth Street and Christopher Street, 1945.