A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers

A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers

by Jen Jack Gieseking


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Winner, 2021 Glenda Laws Award given by the American Association of Geographers

The first lesbian and queer historical geography of New York City

Over the past few decades, rapid gentrification in New York City has led to the disappearance of many lesbian and queer spaces, displacing some of the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community. In A Queer New York, Jen Jack Gieseking highlights the historic significance of these spaces, mapping the political, economic, and geographic dispossession of an important, thriving community that once called certain New York neighborhoods home.

Focusing on well-known neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Crown Heights, Gieseking shows how lesbian and queer neighborhoods have folded under the capitalist influence of white, wealthy gentrifiers who have ultimately failed to make room for them. Nevertheless, they highlight the ways lesbian and queer communities have succeeded in carving out spaces—and lives—in a city that has consistently pushed its most vulnerable citizens away.

Beautifully written, A Queer New York is an eye-opening account of how lesbians and queers have survived in the face of twenty-first century gentrification and urban development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479848409
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Jen Jack Gieseking is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky and editor of The People, Place, and Space Reader.

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Preface xv

1 Navigating A Queer New York 1

2 Belonging in Greenwich Village and Gay Manhattan 47

3 You vs. Us in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights 99

4 Dyke Slope 149

5 Constellating a Queer Map of the Lesbian City 197

Epilogue: What We Cannot Not Want 233

Acknowledgments 239

Appendix I Identity Terms 245

Appendix II Biographical Sketches of Participants 249

Appendix III Methodological Details 253

Notes 261

Index 297

About the Author 307

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