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IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS, THE
LESBIAN COMMUNITY IS THRIVING.
There is no shortage of lesbian hangouts in New York City, so
when you visit, to help navigate your way, pick up a copy of
GO! (gonycmagazine.com) NYC’s monthly lesbian publication
for a list of what’s on. If you’re hard pressed to find a copy
pick up the weekly gay HX magazine, which has an HX ‘For
Her’ section nestled in the back. Additionally, lesbian party
organizer, Wanda Acosta (Starlette – see below) has a ‘what’s
on in N Y’ section in her blog tulipmag.blogspot.com.
Whilst kindred spirits abound in NYC, you can safely narrow
your lesbian experience to a few key neighborhoods.
The uber hip Lower East Side (with the apt acronym LES),
is bustling with cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques too
numerous to mention, and is home to trendy The Girls Room
on Rivington and Pitt Streets. While you’re there, check out
(and stock up at) the women’s sex shop Toys in Babeland!
Head to the East Village on a Sunday night for the
lesbian-chic Starlette which, despite a recent venue change
to the Orchid on 11th and Avenue A, still attracts New York’s
NoLita (North of Little Italy) is pure hip-chic, and while not
strictly gay, is great for people watching. Check out Café
Habana and Café Gitane.
The West Village is filled with lesbian spaces. Pop in for a drink
at one of the motley and friendly neighborhood bars such as
Cubby Hole, Cowgirl or Henrietta Hudson. Nearby Rubyfruit is
a classic dyke hang for old school lesbians.
Upwardly mobile neighbourhood Chelsea is not only a gay boy
Mecca; it is also the world’s center for contemporary art. Take
a gay and lesbian art gallery tour with nygallerytours.com.
Feel like clubbing? Saturday nights there’s Lovergirl and Girl
Nation. If lesbian-only is not your priority check out the queer-
glam Tuesday night at Happy Valley or Sunday nights at Cielo
in the Meatpacking district with big name DJs.
Leaving Manhattan, Cattyshack in Park Slope (Dyke Slope),
Brooklyn, is worth the trip – two floors, two bars and a mixed
There’s plenty of NY lesbian action so pick up a guide and
follow your whim.
Clockwise from bottom left:
X-Party held every month at
the Remote Lounge on the
Bowery; photo shoot of lesbian
vampires for publicity of X-
Party Halloween theme night;
rising star Sarah Greenwood
from GSX playing at Dyke-o-
Rama, a lesbian band night;
the Empire State Building – lit
pink; enduring neighbourhood
nightclub Henrietta’s; the West
Village’s Cubby Hole and
Photos: Jasmine Hirst
Words: Patricia Zagarella
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