West Village’s Julius’ Bar, a gay rights movement landmark, named historic site

Julius' was the site of the 1966 "sip-in" to protest state Liquor Authority regulations that prohibited bars from serving drinks to gay men or lesbians.

Julius’ Bar, a West Village tavern that played a key role in the gay rights movement, is gaining official recognition as a historic site, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The state’s Board for Historic Preservation recommended that Julius’ and 18 other sites around New York be added to the state and national registers of historic places.

“These landmarks are a part of our rich and storied history and helped define what it means to be a New Yorker,” Cuomo said. “We are preserving their legacies and ensuring that they will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

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