Gay Life in Brooklyn in the 1800s – New Exhibition Opening

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Nineteenth-century male impersonator Ella Wesner was one of the Brooklyn’s most popular vaudeville performers.

When someone says gay community in NYC we think of Greenwich Village in the 70s and Chelsea in the 90s, but Brooklyn in the 1800s? “On the (Queer) Waterfront: the Factories, Freaks, Sailors, and Sex Workers of Brooklyn,” explores the Victorian queer culture of Brooklyn through relics that include a never-before exhibited scrapbook of a lesbian living in 19th-century Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. between Clinton and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights, www.brooklynhistory.org). Opening reception March 5; 6:30–8:30 pm. Free. Exhibit open through July 7, Wed–Sun; noon–5 pm. $10 suggested donation ($6 seniors, students free).