Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America , wrote that in the era after World War II , "New York City became the literal gay metropolis for hundreds of thousands of immigrants from both within and without the United States: the place they chose to learn how to live openly, honestly and without shame. The Stonewall Inn, located at 51 and 53 Christopher Street , along with several other establishments in the city, was owned by the Genovese crime family. Once a week a police officer would collect envelopes of cash as a payoff; the Stonewall Inn had no liquor license. It was the only bar for gay men in New York City where dancing was allowed;  dancing was its main draw since its re-opening as a gay club. Visitors to the Stonewall Inn in were greeted by a bouncer who inspected them through a peephole in the door.
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Queer artistic expression thrives at Oasis, a club and cabaret theater in SoMa. The comic, electric show is different each time, with the Queens taking on everything from Disney princesses to pop stars. Grab an exotic cocktail at the Moroccan themed Fez Room then settle in for a mindblowing show of epic proportions. Occupying the corner of 9th and Harrison in SoMa for over 50 years, this worker-owned cooperative the first worker-owned nightclub in the U.