NYC LGBT Historic Sites Projects Celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th

By Francisco Salazar

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project has announced the digital publication of the Leonard Bernstein Residence at the Osborne Apartments to its online map, a dynamic continually-evolving catalog of geographic locations significant to LGBT history.

The announcement was made in celebration of the composer’s centennial birthday which happened on August 25th. The Osborne Apartments, located at 205 West 57th Street in Manhattan, was designed by architect James E. Ware and built in 1883-85. Located diagonally across from Carnegie Hall (another LGBT historic site), the Osborne Apartments has long been a popular home for people in the arts. Other significant LGBT residents have included Bobby Short, Van Cliburn, Robert Osborne, Leo Lerman, Fran Lebowitz, and Fernando Sanchez.

Bernstein was one of America’s most important composers, his many known works including “West Side Story,” “Candide,” “Trouble in Tahiti” and the music for the Oscar-winning film “On the Waterfront.”

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a cultural initiative and educational resource that is documenting historic sites connected to the LGBT community throughout New York City. Its interactive map features diverse places from the 17th century to the year 2000 that are important to LGBT history and illustrate the community’s influence on American culture.