A Special Use Permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the park or the public at large. Many of the events that require permits also require some degree of oversight from National Park Service staff.
For more information regarding special use, commercial filming, and/or short term leasing at Stonewall National Monument, contact the Special Use Permits Coordinator at (212) 668-2561. Inquiries can also be made via e-mail.
First Amendment Activities
We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such First Amendment activities involving more than 25 participants require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted.
Some examples are:
distribution and/or sale of printed matter
public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
collecting signatures for petitions
The Stonewall National Monument “First Amendment Rights Area" is located at the eastern most end of Christopher Park, where Grove Street and Christopher Street meet. No more than 25 participants will be permitted at a time.
To apply for a Permit, complete the form, and send it with a non-refundable
application fee of $50 to: ATTN: Special Use Permits Coordinator Manhattan Sites
26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more, maximum group size is 20 persons. Please call (646) 761-0656 and speak with a ranger to confirm a group tour reservation. A two-week advance notice is necessary. Reservations must be made directly by phone or e-mail. Voice mail messages will not be accepted to reserve a tour. Reservations must be confirmed by a ranger via phone or e-mail to be valid.