A Now-Invisible City of Gay Life Is Revived

A new book recreates a thriving subculture of pre-World War II New York

Chicago, Illinois -- When thousands of visitors parade through the streets of New York this month to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riot, they will pass through a city where gay life is as visible as it is in any city in the world.

They will pass through another city, a now-invisible city that between 1890 and 1940 was a haven for homosexual men. It is a city lost to history but revived in a new book by George Chauncey, a University of Chicago