Must-See Jackson Heights

by Jessica Allen, 09/19/2014

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  • Gay Culture
    Queens Pride House
    76-11 37th Ave., 718-429-5309
    Friends Tavern
    78-11 Roosevelt Ave., 718-397-7256
    Club Evolution
    76-19 Roosevelt Ave., 718-457-3939
    Bum Bum Bar
    63-14 Roosevelt Ave., 718-651-4145
    Jackson Heights is the epicenter of gay culture in Queens. The annual Queens Pride Parade & Multicultural Festival takes place in the streets around 37th Avenue and 37th Road in early June; everyone is invited to participate in this celebration of diversity and tolerance. As the area's primary LGBT community center, Queens Pride House has hosted discussions and events related to social and political issues, as well as many kinds of free, drop-in referrals and counseling sessions, since its founding in 1997. "Where strangers become friends" could be the motto of many bars, but, as the oldest gay bar in the borough, Friends Tavern has probably earned more of a right to use it than most. With drink specials and events most nights of the week, this bar is consistently crowded. Its younger sibling, Club Evolution, calls itself a "gay Latino nightclub" and attracts a high-energy crowd. A bit further afield, Bum Bum Bar caters to lesbians, though all are welcome. The music tends toward merengue and salsa, and the small dance floor fills up fast. 

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