Whether they remembered – hazily as it may be – or weren’t around at all, everyone was welcome to memorialize the gone-but-not-forgotten gay dance bar and cabaret the Armory at a packed reunion.
It may have been forced closed by Midtown's meanest woman in 2004 and razed for a ghost tour of drag queens past since, but the Armory name still draws a crowd. The reunion at Amsterdam on Sunday showed that, though they may be older, the Armory crowd can still party like it’s 1999 when given proper motivation by DJ beats, drink specials and good friends.
Of course, no Armory reunion would be complete without a fundraising show by its namesake Armorettes. Still going strong even if the bar is just a memory, cast members old and new took the stage and raised $1,063 for the troupe’s charity fund that supports HIV non-profits.
Photos by Sher Pruitt