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We Know About the Riots. But What Was It Like to Drink at Stonewall?

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We all recognize the Stonewall Inn as the birthplace of the gay civil rights struggle, but what was it like … as a nightspot? Depending on which Stonewall patrons from the 1960s you ask, it was “the best bar at the time,” “the music was great,” “the bar was dirty, it was unpleasant,” and “the jukebox was great, the drag queens controlled that.” If you’ve stopped by 53 Christopher Street recently, this clip from OurScene.TV, with interviews from Stonewall’s original patrons, reveals that while everything changes, everything remains the same.