More Scent-ences & Other Perfume Madness

More Scent-ences Wizardskull in Bushwick McDonalds Burger King Queer

“Look at it this way… at least we learned how to make French Fries… ” – Coming to America More Scent-ences from the Smelly Interwebs From the hidden corners of all things perfumed in media, here’s your weekly CM roundup of goings-on from the mad, mad world of fragrances and …more…

Christopher Street Pride 2015

Rainbow Umbrella Fairy Pride

The Rainbows are Flying High… It’s Pride week here again in New York City, and it looks set to be another exciting year on Christopher Street. With the Stonewall Inn’s Landmark status hearing on Tuesday morning, and the looming of yet another weighty Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) involving the rights of …more…

Happy Christopher Street Liberation Day

Stonewall Inn, June 2014

All this week on Christopher Street, Charenton Macerations has been celebrating 45 years of queer liberation, commemorating some of our favorite stories, places, and events connected with the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Today, June 28th, officially marks the 45th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, that infamous night in ’69 …more…

Walking Christopher Street: The Stonewall Inn

A Brief History of The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street) First built in 1843, the buildings at 51 and 53 Christopher Street were constructed as six stables, and at the time were best known for housing the delivery horses for Saks Fifth Avenue. The two buildings were converted into one connecting structure in 1930, and …more…

Walking Christopher Street: Christopher Park

A Brief History of Christopher Park (Christopher Street and Grove Street at Seventh Avenue South) Like most of the land surrounding Christopher Street, the site that would become Christopher Park was once part of a Dutch tobacco farm until the English took over New York during the 17th century. With …more…

Stonewall, 45 Years Later

Christopher Street is currently playing host to Stonewall 45: Windows Into LGBT History. This Greenwich Village educational exhibition commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots: the three-day historic event now heavily regarded as the spark that triggered the rise of the US LGBT rights movement. Over two dozen storefronts stretching …more…

The 40 Songs on the Stonewall Jukebox, June 1969

As I mentioned in my post on “Dance on Skin,” the jukebox was considered one of The Stonewall Inn’s best assets, attracting a lively mixed crowd to this Christopher Street hot spot. As you see from the tracks below, Motown was a heavy favorite of the songs in rotation. Listening to …more…

Christopher Street Pride Day 3: The End of DOMA and Prop8

DOMA, Prop8, and The Struggle That Started It All In June of 1969, a group of homosexuals and their West Village supporters stood up to the police on Christopher Street. They had had enough of being pushed around and treated like subclass humans, rocking the Village over three days. These …more…