NYC’s Oldest Gay Bar May Close

Julius Bar may close its doors due to financial stress in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The historic Julius Bar, located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, may close its doors due to financial insecurities caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo delayed restaurants from serving patrons indoors as coronavirus cases rapidly increased across the country. Julius Bar, a historic pre-Stonewall bar, is feeling the brunt of the Governor’s decision. Helen Buford, owner of the bar, created a GoFundMe page to raise awareness and funds to save the bar from closing.

“I’m reaching out to you because we need your help in saving our beloved Julius Bar for posterity and to insure that history stays alive,” Buford wrote on the bar’s GoFundMe page.

Buford’s goal is to raise $100,000 to cover rent, utilities and insurance. As of Wednesday, the bar is roughly $10,000 away from reaching half its goal. The bar’s GoFundMe has almost 800 donors and has been shared over 1,000 times.

Julius Bar is not the only NYC gay bar to face forclosure fears. The famous Stonewall Inn launched a GoFundMe back in June and later surpassed their goal after receiving a $250,000 donation from the Gill Foundation.

As the NYC’s oldest gay bar, Julius Bar was revolutionary before the Stonewall Riots. The famous “sip in” took place at Julius Bar in which gay activists challenged a New York State law that prohibited gay people from being served.


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