Rawhide: Iconic Gay Bar in New York will Close

The rent goes up…

and we lose an iconic gay bar in New York.

New York gay bar Rawhide is expected to close its doors by the end of the month.

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York
blog reports that the leather bar’s landlord will raise the rent from
$15,000 to $27,000, effectively pricing the establishment out of its
Chelsea location at Eighth Avenue and 21st Street. The last day of
operation will  be March 31.

As Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York and Towleroad both
point out, New York City mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn spoke fondly
of the establishment, which opened in 1978, as part of a recent New York magazine profile


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