Sunday, May 12, 2013

Paresis Hall

Paresis Hall aka Columbia Hall could be considered in the 1890s and probably today as a den of iniquity.  It was an all male brothel.  It contained hustlers as young as 14 to about 21.  It was in the Bowery near Cooper Union. Paresis Hall was one of six brothels in the area.  The boys often would dress up in a feminine manner including makeup. 
Amos Jones
 
During the 1890s the area around fourteenth street was the early Tenderloin section to the theater district a few blocks away.  The area boasted no fewer than six other "Resorts".  Paresis Hall being the busiest, Little Bucks, Manilla Hall, The Slide and the Sharon Hotel (Cock Suckers Hall) just to name a few.


Bill Walsh
 
The name Paresis is a medical term for insanity which outsiders thought men might acquire at the hall from syphilis or simply from associating with fairies.  The former Columbia Hall (Paresis Hall) is now home to the Village Voice newspaper.
E.C. Bald
A frequent client
 
To most people of the era these places were seen as an abomination to man, a pervert’s paradise. But to the men that gathered there it served as a crucial institution in which to forge an alternative social order. This was a place they could be themselves and camp it up.
Francis (the horse) Kane
 
The name Paresis is a medical term for insanity which outsiders thought men might acquire at the hall from syphilis or simply from associating with fairies. The former Columbia Hall (Paresis Hall) is now home to the Village Voice newspaper.
George Horn
Nate (the kid) Cullen
Tim Kelly
Willie (the bull) Pearson
Working Boys
Paresis Hall
Now the site of the Village Voice
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