Curtiss, Steve, editor. New York City Gay Scene Guide Quarterly – $2. New York: Mattachine Book Service, January 1968. 23 pages, 17.8 cm x 10.5 cm, illustrated paper covers. Front cover proclaims: “LATEST EDITION! SPRING 1969 [Sic] QUARTERLY, Vol. 1, #1.” And, also advertises: “BRAND NEW! COMPLETELY REVISED.” The copyright is dated January 1968, so the date “Spring 1969” on the cover may be a printing error. On the back cover, the second printing is advertised for sale from the Mattachine Book Service, G.P.O. Box 1982, New York, N.Y. 10001 U.S.A.” The table of contents is also published on the back cover.
Covering the New York area, not just Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, this rare pre-Stonewall guide also covered Fire Island, Long Island and areas in upstate New York.” “A Scan of the New York City Gay Scene” by Robert Rack, Jr. is a four-page description of his impressions of and knowledge of areas in Manhattan where gay men could go and socialize and the degrees of relative safety of these areas and places. There are listings for bars, baths, coffee houses, clothing shops, hotels, discussion groups, theatres, night clubs, parks, private clubs, restaurants, homophile organizations, followed by lists by borough, upstate New York, Fire Island. The Stone Wall is listed at 53 Christopher Street. Also, there is a notice for anticipated film releases, among them The Killing of Sister George, Un Chant d’Amour by Jean Genet and Andy Warhol’s Bike Boy. Catullus Silent produced at U.C.L.A. film workshop. Two concluding pages advertise a list of “underground films,” five of which are Andy Warhol’s films. Condition is almost as new.