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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Table of Contents
List of Figures xi
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
Appendix I Identity Terms 245
Appendix II Biographical Sketches of Participants 249
Appendix III Methodological Details 253
About the Author 307