Romance On Brooklyn Heights’ Love Lane

In a Valentine’s story titled “Road to Happiness: Brooklyn’s Love Lane lives up to its name,” The New York Daily News offers two neighborhood tales of romance. Jim & Patricia Aliperti share how they met nearly 40 years ago, while George Heusinger talks about his nearly 40-plus-year romance with late partner, William.

The Alipertis live in Rio but keep an apartment on Hicks Street, while Heusinger moved to Brooklyn Heights in 1965, where Daily News columnist Denis Hamill writes that he “found a warm and flourishing gay community where it was okay to live in the open.” Heusinger remains in the same apartment, after his partner William died in 2006.

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  • Andrew Porter

    When I first moved here, BH was where all the established mature gay couples lived, while Greenwich Village was where all the wild parties and youngsters hung out (…). There were numerous gay bars here. AIDS decimated the BH gay social circles, and the area never recovered as a concentration of “out” gay people toward the end of the repressed era which began long ago.

    There were a bunch of white-haired gay guys who hung out on the Promenade, but I haven’t seen them for a couple of years. Their place has been taken by nannies, tourists, people absorbing the rays of the sun.