Gay City News announced yesterday the Cubbyhole – one of the last lesbian bars in NYC – has officially reopened for business, triumphantly managing to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
A large crowd of patrons flocked to the LGBTQ watering hole at 281 West 12th Street in Manhattan’s West Village on April 8 to celebrate the bar’s return after reopening last summer and shuttering again in December when it became too cold for outdoor operations.
The bar first closed last March as the pandemic began. Owner started a GoFundMe page.
The establishment had no income, and for months operations looked bleak, “With no clear indication of when this will end, we worry for our future,” the bar wrote in a post requesting financial relief.
To date, the business has surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $30,000, with more than $76,000 in donations
While it was closed, it continued to host virtual events, sell online T-shirts, serve spiked hot apple cider and hot chocolate before the weather dropped below freezing temperatures in New York City.
This go-around, visitors can expect to make reservations to sit in the “cubby shack,” an outdoor wooden dining set, allowing for a socially distanced night out with friends. Longtime fans and newcomers alike can also get a taste of the pub’s fruity and alcoholic beverages from their new frozen drink machine.
Great news! Nature is healing! Just continue to be vigilant, everybody, and let’s make this an unforgettable summer!