OUT PROFESSIONALS INVITES YOU TO TOAST THE CREATOR OF OUTGOING, AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF HISTORIC LGBT NIGHTSPOTS, AT THE NEW YORK OFFICES OF LENDLEASE.
On Tuesday, June 20, Out Professionals welcomes Jeff Ferzoco, creator of OUTgoing, an interactive project to record and map an essential and endangered element of gay history — LGBT nightspots. Join us for cocktails, networking and a fascinating program at the New York offices of Lendlease, in the MetLife Building.
According to Sarah M. Kaufman, Digital Manager of NYU’s Rudin Center, OUTgoing’s map was developed by pulling data from historical works and old guidebooks, as well from anecdotes and verified crowdsourcing. The impressive result constitutes an interactive map of LGBT nightspots since the 19th century.
CityLab’s Sarah Goodyear reports that Ferzoco’s research uncovered revealing patterns. In his initial pass, Jeff found records of dozens of gay nightspots between 1931 and 1960. That number surged to over 300 between 1961 and 1990, dropping slowly between 1991 and 2010 to stand today at about 100. These numbers reflect the complex history of the closet, the sexual revolution, the AIDS epidemic, and the mainstreaming of queer culture.
Tonight, Jeff supplies answers to questions like these:
- Where and when was the first recorded gay bar in NYC?
- Which bar has operated under the greatest number of different names?
- Which outer borough has had the most gay bars over time?
- What was the first gay bar to open in Hell’s Kitchen after 2000?
- Where are potentially gay neighborhoods beginning to develop?
Romance is what Jeff believes will keep gay bars alive. “I think people deny how much they really like meeting at bars,” he says. “It’s all about serendipity, timing, a little fear and a little excitement. I think the bars are going to remain, and that cruising will remain, as fatigue of the apps sets in.”
Jeff Ferzoco, a designer and cartographer, works at CARTO, a mapping software startup in Bushwick. He teaches spatial thinking at Pratt, has taught urban data storytelling at Columbia, and is an organizer for GeoNYC, the largest geo-meetup in the U.S. On June 20, Jeff can show you how to begin mapping your own personal data.
Special thanks to event sponsor Lendlease and its LGBTIA Employee Resource Group. A leading international property and infrastructure provider for over 55 years, Lendlease is engaged in three major development projects in gateway cities across the U.S. In Australia, Lendlease is currently developing Barangaroo, the largest such project in Sydney’s history.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for networking, socializing, seat selection. Hors d’oeuvres compliments of Lendlease. Beverages courtesy of Proximo Spirits. Program and Q&A, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Lendlease, MetLife Building, 200 Park Avenue at East 45th Street, on the 9th floor. Subway: 4/5/6/S to Grand Central/42nd Street. Photo ID required.
Nonmember, $30. Dues-paying Out Professionals Member, just $20. Dues-paying OP Business Member, free with advance registration. Complimentary cocktails, alternative beverages, hors d’oeuvres. To guarantee seating, register now and pocket a copy of your online receipt; thanks! Advance ticketing ends at noon on June 20; sorry, no refunds or exchanges. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting; cash only at the door.
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