It consists of 5 very distinct boroughs each with its own community exhibiting its own lifestyle: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. It really is such a special city if you ever have the opportunity to live here and be a New Yorker, go for it! We often take a lot of pride saying we live in NYC because of the diversity and being able to handle all these different cultures that are thrown at you, but I think the best part of it is being in a city that is recognized for its LGBT pride and community. We feel super comfortable being ourselves and really affectionate with one another.
New York’s last remaining lesbian bars could be in danger
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In March , even before authorities ordered businesses to shut down, Cannistraci closed the bar and resolved to use the pause from the pandemic as a chance to transform the historic space in Manhattan's West Village. Fifteen months later, Henrietta Hudson is welcoming patrons back to a club reimagined as a lounge with sitting areas and plates of charcuterie to accompany its dance floor. The re-opening coincides with this month's LGBTQ Pride commemorations, which also are making a comeback across the United States as the coronavirus pandemic abates and vaccination rates rise. In New York, a year after the city's massive Pride march was forced to go mostly virtual, some in-person events are once again planned for June 27, along with a string of online gatherings throughout the month. Henrietta Hudson, which catered mainly to the lesbian community when it first opened in , this year was re-branded by its owners as a "Queer Human Bar Built by Lesbians" as part of an effort to reach younger LGBTQ people who defy sexual orientation and gender identity labels. Cannistraci said she used all the tools at her disposal to preserve the business, including pandemic loans and contributions from the community.
As Pride Month kicks off, New York lesbian bars emerge from pandemic woes
After a long and brutal pandemic winter, all Han Blankenship wanted to do was get a drink with a few friends at their favorite bar. Outside Cubbyhole, a tiny bar in the West Village, the street was as packed as it could be these days, with dozens of friends, couples and exes mingling in the early spring evening. Blankenship, a nonbinary lesbian, said from a perch with three friends outside of Cubbyhole, which had been closed since December.
Get the best experience and stay connected to your community with our Spectrum News app. Learn More. The bar had to close — twice — during the coronavirus pandemic for months at a time.