Join us on our Downtown LGBTQ+ Activism Walking Tour! Embark on a transformative journey through Lower Manhattan, where we will visit significant historic sites that have shaped the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement.
These are the places where unspoken heroes spoke truth to power, igniting pivotal protests and fighting tirelessly for justice. As we explore City Hall, Wall Street, Battery Park, and other landmarks, you’ll be inspired to uncover your own inner activist and become a part of the legacy of resilience, activism, and progress. This tour is not only an opportunity to honor the past but also to celebrate the present and actively contribute to a more inclusive future.
We will meet at Castle Clinton National Monument, a circular sandstone fort within Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan. Fun fact: this was the first American immigration station predating Ellis Island!
We will end in City Hall Park, the site of some iconic LGBTQ+ rights protests. Fun fact: this is where Sylvia Rivera was arrested after trying to scale the building in support of a Gay Rights bill, and where Marsha P. Johnson declared, “Darling, I want my gay rights now!”
We’ve got you covered! Getting to the tour couldn’t be easier via public transportation.
Lower Manhattan is an iconic neighborhood in New York City, and some of the main attractions are visited on this tour, including Battery Park, City Hall, and Wall Street. The tour starts very close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tours (which can be directly purchased from the ticket offices or CityExperiences.com). This tour is also close to Little Italy, Chinatown, One World Observatory, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Of course! Here are our favorite post-tour lunch spots in the neighborhood:
Simply Wine is an LGBTQ+-owned, socially conscious wine and spirit shop located at 55 Liberty Street. Friends of Christopher Street Tours will receive 15% off their order by typing in the code CHRISTOPHERSTREETTOURS at checkout or by showing your tour confirmation page when you visit in-store.
Five & Dime is a unique coffee and cocktail experience established in 2017, located at 8 Park Place. Friends of Christopher Street Tours will receive 15% off by showing your tour confirmation page when you visit.
The name is refers to the Frank Woolworth “Five and Dime” retail stores of the late 19th and early 20th century. We are located in the historic Woolworth Building lobby, a gothic design masterpiece by famed architect Cass Gilbert. Tiled floors, vaulted ceilings, a horseshoe marble bar, leather banquettes and brass detailing all pay tribute to the Woolworth Building Rathskeller Bar opened in 1913.
Five & Dime has always been a home to the LGBTQ+ community, as reflected in our staff and clientele. Our film series kicked off during 2023 Pride, as we screened Martin Del Carpio’s “A Portrait In Three”, a 30 minute experimental documentary about the reflections of a middle aged gay man. We are also a cultural center, hosting film screenings by local film makers, jazz singers, DJ’s, comedians, podcasts, open mic nights and live opera on Tuesday evenings.