Homo History – Sex: Christopher Street, the Trucks, and the West Side Highway Piers A Sexual Wonderland

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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13 Responses

  1. Jerry Hoose says:

    Ah the memories…There were several areas of trucks all of which I frequented..my favorite sex bars were The Barn and The Stud which I lived right down the street from..The Trucks started way before Stonewall..I started going in the mid sixties..It was so great..you could always count on guys being there..during rainstorms-blizzards-hurricanes-you could also count on being harrased and sometimes beaten up by Miss Lily(the police)..even after Stonewall…the sex bars were also raided after Stonewall..However it was a great time of freedom and liberation after the bleak sixties..I consider myself very fortunate to have enjoyed the fruits of our activism after Stonewall..
    Jerry Hoose(gay activist-sex activist)

  2. Chicago Bob says:

    Although I never went into one of those trucks I saw many men doing so. I was very young and very scared. I thank God I was not very promiscuous at that time in my life. I probably would be dead today. My serious sluttiness came years later in the 1990s.

    I remember walking down those piers on the inside of these warehouses with my first serious boyfriend one gay pride weekend in June 1981. As we walked the length of this very massive warehouse that went out into the water towards New Jersey we passed loading dock doors on each side of us and saw nude men sunning. I get aroused to this day at that memory. It was just amazing.

    • Chicago Bob says:

      One more thought:

      Gay life was so fucking exciting and so fucking hot in the pre-HIV days. Most of today’s younger generation just do not know what they missed. As it was I didn’t get to experience everything but sure do have some great memories.

  3. I well remember the gay sex action that took place in the west village. I particularly like visiting the Stud, usually meeting guys there and then taking them back to my flat for private sex. I well remember all of the backroom clubs and miss those days of liberation. Unlike then, when you actually had to meet a human being and talk (or grope), today, guys all hookup via Grinder or web sites. They do not know what they are missing !!!

  4. Jay Ray says:

    Ahh, the roar of that greasepaint, the smell of those crowds…and crowds there were, the looky-looks and the shady crooks, and then there were us, on the prowl for some fun in the sun, in the shade, in the alleys and the back rooms (ahh, The International Stud)…we all had to start somewhere, and even if ’76 was a later start then some, there was always some around, wishin’ and hopin’ and very appreciative for the attentions…

  5. Brick says:

    you old gay fucks. You rock.

  6. I remember these “trucks” well along the old West Side Highway route in the Village and by Jane and Washington Streets in the old meat-packing district. Men would go there late at night….and fuck in and around them until the sun came up (c. 1978-82) for me ! In those days, it also seemed a gay bathhouse would pop-up almost anywhere ! SCREW magazine had a page dedicated to them, and in their height, also (c.1978-82) there were no fewer than 15 or more all around the city The notorious ones were St. Mark’s in the East Village, Man’s Country on W.15th Street, The Club on 1st Avenue in the Bowery, Everard-Baths on W. 28th Street & Broadway, The Continental in the Ansonia Hotel, Mt. Morris Baths in Harlem, and the ESC on E. 56th St. uptown. However, tiny ones like the one in the basement of a building on Christopher Street just off 7th Avenue and one above the Keller Hotel on West Street were short lived but served the insatiable need for sex crazed gay men before the Aids epidemic hit.

  7. I was a dancer at the Gaiety Male Burlesque 1976 – 1980. I hoofed in underground clubs in NYC: the Anvil,12 West, the Gallery, Crisco Disco, Flamingo, Paradise Garage, Studio 54, the World, Sound Factory, the Saint, the World,….I would rollerskate on the decrepit remains of the elevated west side highway with a birds-eye view of the shenanigans on the covered and uncovered piers in my book, ‘Homo GoGo Man: a fairytale about a boy who grew up in discoland.’ now available on DonnaInk & Amazon & BarnesandNoble

  8. Wayne in NYC says:

    I haven’t seen Rollerina around for a while. Am I just missing her?

    • i only spottted her at Studio54. Read my book: ‘Homo GoGo Man: a fairytale about a boy who grew up in discoland.’ Amazon, BarnesandNoble, and DonnaInk.com. I was a dancer at the Gaiety Male Burlesque 1976 – 1978, which gave entre to the best discos: the Gallery, the Flamingo, Paradise Garage, the Anvil, Crisco Disco, Hurrah, Studio54, IcePalace57, Sound Factory, 12 West, the Saint, the World,… until I crashed and burned in 2004. Now I’m back: Danced till dawn to Nicky Siano from the Gallery, where I REALLY learned to dance, last Sunday at the Standard. the beat goes on………….

  1. May 18, 2016

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