Loading Events

See All Events

  • This event has passed.

It Was Her New York: True Stories and Snapshots

March 3 @ 3:00 pm

Loading Events

CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF IT WAS HER NEW YORK (ROOTSTOCK PUBLISHING): true stories and accidental snapshots about undying love, old lesbians, all our fellow New Yorkers, and home.

3PM – Reading, Presentation and Conversation


A reading and presentation of excerpts from IT WAS HER NEW YORK, followed by a conversation with author C.O. Moed and Lesbian Herstory Archivette Paula Grant.

Through a mosaic of intimate photo-illustrated vignettes, IT WAS HER NEW YORK (Rootstock Publishing) celebrates the fierce moxie of New Yorkers, immigrants seeking the American Dream, a sixty-year-old hidden love story of two women, defiance against infuriating aging, the definition of home as it slowly disappears into gentrification and what it means to be family. This rare fusion brings visibility not only to underrepresented communities, but also highlight the men and women who keep America’s cities running.

Copies of IT WAS HER NEW YORK (2024, paperback, $36) will be available for purchase and signing. To reserve a copy, please write to us at contact@bgsqd.com with “please reserve a copy of It Was Her New York” in the subject line.

Thank you for supporting the Bureau by purchasing books from us!


This event will take place in person at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on the second floor (room 210) of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC, 10011.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Bureau’s work.

All are welcome to attend, with or without donation.

We will pass a bag for donations at the start of the event, but we can also take credit card donations at the register or on Venmo @bgsqd


Also live-streaming on the Bureau’s YouTube channel:




C.O. Moed grew up on New York’s Lower East Side when it was still a tough neighborhood. A recipient of the Elizabeth George Grant for Fiction and an alum of the infamous and groundbreaking WOW Cafe, her work has appeared in various presses and anthologies. Her 10-year blog (2006-2016) My Private Coney, about New York City, love, death and the meaning of home has been featured in Jeremiah Moss’s Vanishing New York and excerpted in various online magazines and websites. She lives with fellow writer and fellow Mets fan, Ted Krever.


Paula Grant is a Lesbian Herstory Archivette and Elder. A social worker, activist and a great dancer, as well as a contributor to C.O. Moed’s blog My Private Coney, she is one of the coordinators at LHA and has been a volunteer since 1979. She was born in 1945 in Manhattan, grew up in the Bronx and is a longtime activist for human and civil rights. She trained as a social worker and in 2010 retired from a public agency in suburban New York State after forty years. She was a Dodger’s fan until they deserted New York.


Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
+ Google Map


Bureau for General Services Queer Division
View Organizer Website