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NYC Women's History Tour by The New York Times

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Stop At: Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center, 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002, USA

Start the tour at Bluestockings, a volunteer and collectively owned radical bookstore focusing on topics like feminism, queer and gender studies. Founded in 1999 and named for the mid-18th century English political movement promoting women’s discussion of literature, the store promotes female authorship and readership. Learn about the history of zines, small production and self-produced publications. Make a keepsake poster filled with women’s empowerment slogans.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Russ & Daughters Cafe, 127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA

Then, visit Russ and Daughters, one of the oldest and best-known Lower East Side spots for lox, bagels and appetizers. Founded in 1914, it was one of the first businesses in New York to make the daughters partners and include them in the business’s name, instead of the sons. The family still runs the store and its outposts. It was also a favorite spot of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who grew up going with her Russian Jewish immigrant parents. (Her favorite is a poppy-seed bagel with Scottish smoked salmon and caviar.)

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, 66 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Visit La Mama Experimental Theater Club and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater space with the staff. Learn the history of this theater, which has supported female playwrights and theater collectives since 1961, when the designer Ellen Stewart decided to open a theater on Ninth Street in the East Village. La Mama has been one of the most influential Off Off Broadway theaters in New York City, and gave rise to the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Theater Collective, one of the first theater groups to write and produce feminist plays.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St. Washington Square Park, New York City, NY 10011

Head to the nearby Washington Square Park, and its beautiful and familiar arch, modeled after L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The park, so close to New York University, has seen its share of protests over the years. Jane Jacobs and Eleanor Roosevelt, both of whom lived nearby, led the protests to keep cars out of the park when the city’s powerful Parks Commissioner, Robert Moses, wanted to extend Fifth Avenue through it. You’ll see statues here of George Washington and Giuseppe Garibaldi, but where are the women? In fact, very few statues in New York City depict real women. Learn why that is starting to change, and why who gets a statue is also the subject of controversy.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: La Newyorkina, 240 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, USA

Walk by 206 Thompson Street, which used to be Portofino Restaurant, a popular hangout and meeting place for lesbians. This is where Edie Windsor met Thea Speyer; Ms. Windsor’s 2013 Supreme Court case was the first legal victory for gay marriage, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and forcing the federal government and individual states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states and countries. In turn, that decision led to the 2015 Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriage nationally. Stop at La Newyorkina, a female-owned Latinx business, for a frozen treat and pass by Washington Square Methodist Church. In 1969, the Redstockings, a feminist action group, held their first “speak out” here, where 12 women “testified” publicly about their abortions, which were then against the law.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cubbyhole, 281 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014, USA

End at the Cubbyhole, one of the last remaining lesbian bars in the city. Have a beer or nonalcoholic drink here. (Did you know that women invented beer and used to be the only ones allowed to sell it?) Women who came to the Cubbyhole were often afraid to leave at night, for fear of being attacked or “outed,” so the bar used to offer a secret shuttle service for them.

Duration: 30 minutes
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Departure Point
Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center, 172 Allen St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Departure Time
2:00 PM
Return Details
Cubbyhole, 281 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
  • Professional Local Guide
  • Beer or Nonalcoholic Drink
  • Light Snack
  • Gratuity
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
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