Tucked away in the quiet third-floor archives of the William Way LGBT Community Center, there’s a nearly 50-year-old leather-bound folder.
The dozens of index cards inside are a window to a different past.
“Cell Block” reads one card, describing a bar on Camac. “Male only… denim and leather crowd. Back room bar”
Another offers information for a place called Odyssey II on Delancey Street. “Dance floor popular with 20-30 age group.” Still another advertises a bar called JP’s, on 15th and Spruce, with “some hustlers and quasi-hustlers.”