Michael Musto, Out. N YC is a gay-friendly town with a variety of neighbourhoods offering pockets of queer culture and nightlife, each with its own fruity flavour. The West Village — the hub of the modern gay movement, thanks to the rebellion at the Stonewall Inn — still bristles with gay bars and drag clubs, mostly unaffected hangouts such as the appealing Pieces , and The Monster , a two-floor nightlife emporium with piano bar on top and disco down below. Chelsea the gay mecca in the 90s was beset by a mass exodus as it became gentrified, though the long-running Barracuda Lounge still provides booze and schmooze, and G Lounge never goes away, thanks to its ambient mini-areas in which to hang with your clique.
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This story is part of a series at them. Read more from the Queer Spaces Project here. Luckily, something in his spirit stopped him before he could follow through. Now almost nine months later, Alibi Lounge is still open and has managed to do so in spite of the ongoing pandemic.
Hundreds of people are packed on the dance floor as DJ Eddie Cruz spins merengue, salsa, bachata and Spanish pop tracks. A dozen male and female go-go dancers are gyrating on the massive central bar and on pedestals around the club. The crowd eagerly awaits Latin diva Lorena St. It takes place on the last Tuesday of each month and quickly became the "in" destination for gay Latino clubgoers from nearby Washington Heights, Harlem, the Bronx, Westchester County and even farther afield: New Jersey, Queens and Brooklyn. Over people packed Umbrella to celebrate.