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Independent Bookstore Day – Gay History: NYC’s Christopher Street Bookstore Commercial [Video – Circa 1980’s]

This commercial for the Christopher Street Bookstore, located on Christopher and Hudson streets in NYC aired back in the late 80’s and early 90’s usually on Public Access Manhattan Neighborhood Network cable television during The Robyn Byrd Show and Lou Maletta‘s Men & Film is one of the last known historical records of the forgotten adult establishment.

The Christopher Street bookstore was one of the most popular “adult” bookstores in NYC (which you had to sign a waiver to get into) and featured private video booths complete with glory holes, and a cavernous downstairs “grotto”  backroom which was a free-for-all of anything sexual.  The basement closed during the height of the AIDS crisis.

Up until till its closing in 2006, according to this advert anyway the Christopher Street Bookstore was the largest gay bookstore in America!

Did you visit The Christopher Street Bookstore during it’s heyday?  Please leave your stories below so they can be saved for prosperity,


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the 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 on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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2 thoughts on “Independent Bookstore Day – Gay History: NYC’s Christopher Street Bookstore Commercial [Video – Circa 1980’s]”

  1. I lived on Hudson Street two blocks south of Christopher from 97-2002 and went once in a while to blow a load when I didn’t feel like doing the whole flirt game. It was very liberating.

  2. It ain’t books that made it the largest. Downstairs was a sex club. And while there was some reading… not the kind with pages. It was quite the pad….

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