December 02, 2011

The End of an Era: Saying Goodbye to a Safe Haven of the AIDS Crisis Era, The Starlite

by Rachel Rabbit White

The Starlite Lounge, founded in 1959, was Brooklyn’s oldest gay bar and the first black owned gay bar in the city. It was more than a gay bar; it was more than a neighborhood safe haven; it was both and so much more to those who gathered on World AIDS Day to remember the times they shared.