Homophobia in Hipsterland: Landlord Bans Brooklyn Gay Bar
Homophobia in the heart of a hipster heaven?
A Brooklyn bar owner’s Long Island landlord is banning him from turning his pub in the Greenpoint neighborhood of the borough into gay bar. The New York Post reports.
The leased Premises shall be used by Tenant as a restaurant and bar. It shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.
Not exactly the kind of clause you’d expect to see on lease for a business in uber-progressive New York City, much less Brooklyn, the place former Borough President Marty Markowitz dubbed "The Lesbian Capital of the Northeast."
And yet it is this sentence that is preventing John McGillion, owner of Lulu’s in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, from re-branding his pub to take advantage of the growing LGBT community in the up-and-coming neighborhood.
"I am barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar... If I am permitted to operate a gay bar at the premises I believe that I will be able to make a considerable profit," McGillion said in Brooklyn Supreme Court papers filed last week.