By Connor Durkin
Rendering of lobby courtesy of RSVP Architecture Studio/N+ Architecture and Design
Across the white walls of the second-floor meeting room, black lines run into each other to create an abstract gay orgy. Men jerk each other, cartoonish sperm swim, and men climb up a penis-dinosaur. The mural, “Once Upon A Time,” is one of Keith Haring’s last, but these cocks are getting covered for their own well-being.
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, commonly known as The Center, is continuing its $9.1 million renovation. Construction includes building a new cafe, updating acoustics and lighting, and giving the building an updated, more comfortable atmosphere for its growing number of patrons from the region and worldwide.