This was a tough year for New Yorks nightlife, with Duvet and Merkato 55 taking a dirt nap, and the Beatrice Inn struggling to reopen. But deep in Crown Heights, theres another after-dark venue in danger. Gothamist reports that the Starlite Lounge, the self-professed oldest black-owned, nondiscriminating bar/club in the heart of Brooklyn, could get 86d. Without us knowing, the old landlord sold the building, not even giving us the right to purchase it, said manager Tim Leviticus. No one in the neighborhood is happy about it, because this is the only place where they can come to relax.
This is hardly hyperbole. Since Grub Street hunkered down in Crown Heights seven years ago, this JFK-era dive has become our second home. The neon-lit loungeadorned with disco balls and seasonal dcor is as comforting as a mothers embrace, treating patrons equally, no matter if its your 1st visit or 50th. Weekends, we shake our tails on the R dance floor, before warbling along to Marvin Gaye on karaoke Thursdays. Gay, straight, young, old everyones welcome, unlike at that other endangered spot. Instead of saying sayonara, Starlite is angling for landmark designation. To pledge support, sign this petition, or better yet, pen your John Hancock at tomorrow nights shindig. As always, drag queens Lady Jasmin and Karen Covergirl will be dressed to impress.
Brooklyns Oldest Gay Bar May Close [Gothamist]