101 Avenue A: Melting Pot to Hot Spot


There’s nothing ancient about the Pyramid Club except for the drag queens who made 101 Avenue A their home back in the day. But the storied nightclub that somehow still exists—albeit for a more straight-edged clientele—had a long history before cross-dressing performance artists and Warhol’s entourage started doing coke, or what-have-you, in the back. The 130-year-old tenement, which was the first-ever proposed “drag landmark,” was actually an important German social hall and played an important role in New York’s labor history. Find out all the sordid details at 101 Avenue A: Melting Pot to Hot Spot, a panel discussion featuring drag historian Joe E. Jeffreys and performance artist Iris Rose, and moderated by Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Tue., Jan. 13, 6:45 p.m., 2009