Gay street is a short, angled street that marks off one block of greenwich village in the new york city borough of manhattan. The streets name does not refer to the lgbt character of greenwich village, or to any other lgbt issues. Rather, the name may come from a family named gay who owned land or lived there in colonial times a newspaper of may 11, 1775 contains a classified ad where an r. Rather, the name may come from a family named gay who owned land or lived there in colonial times a newspaper of may 11, 1775 contains a classified ad where an r. Social experiment in china -- im gay, would you hug me rela - duration 224. Northward view of gay street via wiki commons gay street is unique in several respects. Its one of a handful of one-block-long streets in manhattan, located just west of the hustle and bustle. Christopher street is a street in the west village neighborhood of the new york city borough of manhattan. It is most notable for the stonewall inn, which was located on christopher street. As a result of the stonewall riots in 1969, the street became the center of new york states gay rights movement in the late 1970s. The west village no longer nycs gay epicenter, but its still a pretty pink neighborhood, especially the area around its gay anchor, the stonewall inn, where the stonewall riots occurred in 1969. The world-renowned bar and club is still open, and other bars with staying power in the west village include pieces, julius, rockbar, hangar bar, cubbyhole, maries crisis, and the duplex. 18 gay street was built in 1831, with a 4th story added in 1883. Author mary mccarthy (the group), lived in a studio apartment here in 1936. 16 gay street was built in 1828 for merchant francis barretto, who was also an assemblyman in hunts point in westchester county which was later part of the bronx. Overview while their significance is often underestimated or dismissed by heterosexual society, bars and other establishments played a pivotal role throughout the 20th century -- but particularly in the pre-stonewall era -- as centers for lgbt activism and community. her friend margaret kunstler, who no longer lives on gay street but still owns the house that she shared with her husband there, would simply prefer to see the gay street sign reprinted as a. Nyc has some of the best drag shows, dance clubs and queer music festivals in the world.