Dyked New York: The Space between Geographical Imagination and Materialization of Lesbian–Queer Bars and Neighbourhoods

Authored by: Jen Jack Gieseking

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472455482
eBook ISBN: 9781315613000
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043331

10.4324/9781315613000.ch4

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Abstract

It’s funny – I almost never go to Park Slope [in Brooklyn]. I feel like it’s not a lesbian neighbourhood … my girlfriend’s aunt lived there in the 1970s and when we moved there in 1989 she was like, ‘Oh! It’s not a lesbian neighbourhood anymore! All of the Columbus Avenue [implying wealthy, predominantly white elite] people have moved in’ … all of the – I don‘t know like institutions, like, The Rising [Café and Bar], they’ve disappeared. [Pauses.] But, I guess it doesn’t really matter I suppose because if people feel like something’s a lesbian neighbourhood then by dint of their believing it, it is. (Sarah 1985 (came out in 1985))

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