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Once a Home for Destitute Girls, Now Handsome Co-Ops Worth Millions

This week and next, we present a series of longer pieces unraveling the histories of storied buildings.

307 East 12th Street from across the street. (Photo: Katie Schlechter)

307 East 12th Street from across the street. (Photo: Katie Schlechter)

The commotion began as Gertrude Williams strolled home from her cashier job at an uptown restaurant. At Broadway and 39th, a strange man tried to strike up a conversation. Annoyed yet accustomed to such unwanted attentions, she ignored him. But he persisted. The New York Tribune described what happened next: “Raising her pugnacious right, she caught him square on the jaw.”

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How a Pre-Pride Party Emerged From a Call to ‘Take Back Riis Park’

When the Brooklyn Night Bazaar announced that it was summering in Rockaway, not everyone greeted its Riis Park Beach Bazaar with open arms. Some members of the LGBTQ community that had long gathered on the beach worried that the trendy new concessions might change the scene, and nearly 100 people joined a Take Back Riis Park group on Facebook. But last weekend, queer artist and musician Richard Kennedy threw a couple of pre-pride parties at the Bazaar to insure a “connection between all communities” — and also just to have fun. Watch our video to see how it went down.