Famed gay bar the Stonewall Inn will become a city landmark, thanks to a unanimous vote by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission today. The new designation will afford the bar a new set of protections, and marks the first time the city has landmarked a location due to its involvement in the Gay Rights Movement.

The Christopher Street tavern served as a focal point at the start of the fight for gay rights—it was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, after police raided the bar and launched an ongoing movement. Though the Stonewall is part of the Greenwich Village Historic District, activists and elected officials have been attempting to get the bar landmarked for decades in hopes of increasing its level of protection. "We don’t want to see an important historical site turn into a nail salon. With real estate as crazy as it is, I would consider these sites to be generally threatened from those type of pressures," state Senator Brad Hoylman told the Daily News last month.

Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation and a driving force behind the Stonewall's bid for landmark status, is also reportedly trying to get a number of other gay rights sites landmarked. These include Julius' Bar, which is considered the city's oldest gay bar; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.