New York’s Oldest Gayborhood Bar to Close

Candle Bar

Candle Bar, the neighborhood’s oldest gay bar — and some argue the oldest in the city — is closing at the end of the month.

The Amsterdam Avenue bar opened in the mid-1960s, and some people argue it has had its license and been openly gay longer than Julius, a West Village gay bar that claims to be the oldest in the city. Candle Bar’s closing marks the end of an era for the regulars who frequented the neighborhood spot. The bar will close its doors on June 22.

The dive bar, near West 75th Street, has stuck around despite rising rents and changes along the avenue because the building owner also operated the business, said the bar’s manager Amonte Demarko, 37, who described it as the “only” gay bar in the neighborhood.

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