NEW YORK — In New York during Pride month, “somewhere over the rainbow” means crossing the street — over the multicolored crosswalk leading to the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village.
On Saturday evening, crews from the city’s Department of Transportation painted the pedestrian crossing closest to Stonewall, at Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue, in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
That pavement was hardly celebratory 50 years ago, in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when a police raid on Stonewall touched off riots that inspired the global Pride movement.
The Stonewall Inn is now part of a national monument honoring LGBTQ civil rights.
Embedded in the epoxy base of the new Village crosswalk are U.S. pennies from 1969, along with a Stonewall 50 logo enamel pin.