It is the height of summer right now so gay men around the country are flocking to destinations like Palm Springs, Provincetown and of course, Fire Island.
The magical place off the coast of New York’s Long Island has been a safe haven for the LGBT community for decades, and it seems like this year people are on a nostalgia trip as they dream of a Fire Island from yesteryear.
If you weren’t old enough—or even born yet—to experience Fire Island in the ’70s, now you can thanks to Super 8 movies filmed by Nelson Sullivan that were uploaded to YouTube.
The first clip shows how the scene was on Fire Island back in 1976 and it proves that the boys still loved their short shorts and acting up even forty years ago.
Other films by Sullivan were uploaded to Youtube too, including one focusing on life in Cherry Grove in 1976.
Sullivan is responsible for recording hours and hours of footage of LGBT life in New York in the ’70s and ’80s, sadly he died of a heart attack in 1989.
If this trip down memory lane isn’t enough for you, Meryl Meiser’s new book Purgatory and Paradise: Sassy ’70s Suburbia & The City, features vintage photos of Fire Island and New York’s arthouse retrospective theater, Metrograph, is devoting a whole weekend in August to movies filmed on Fire Island in the ’70s and ’80s, and pairing them with historical shorts about the island.
These films and photos are the next best thing if you can’t make it out to the island this summer. Scroll through below to see some vintage pics courtesy of the Fire Island Historical Preservation Society.