Astoria is poised to become the city’s next ‘gayborhood’ with the opening of three bars and dance clubs that could turn the increasingly desirable neighborhood into a destination for the LGBT community in Queens.
Icon, which boasts a white leather bar with Swarovski crystals, and Static Lounge, which is holding a ‘Men of Astoria’ calendar contest, became the newest bars on the block when they burst onto the scene in December.
Elixir opened in May with musical theatre trivia contests and speed dating. And Albatross, a dive bar with drag karaoke and a pool table, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
“The demand for more gay bars has been strong for a while,” said T’ai Chu-Richardson, who belongs to the LGBT networking group Out Astoria, which boasts a whopping 1,260 members on its Facebook page. “It’s been a growing gay neighborhood for the past four or five years.”
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