Personhood is Powerful. Lesbian Bars Adjust, Ask, Include–And Rebrand to Match:’Queer Human Bar Built by Lesbians’
By Maria Caspani and Caitlin Ochs
NEW YORK (Reuters) – At Henrietta Hudson, one of New York City’s most iconic LGBTQ hangouts, co-owner Lisa Cannistraci had long mulled a makeover but put off tackling the changes while business was good.
Then COVID-19 hit. In March 2020, even before authorities ordered businesses to shut down, Cannistraci closed the bar and resolved to use the pause from the pandemic as a chance to transform the historic space in Manhattan’s West Village.
Fifteen months later, Henrietta Hudson is welcoming patrons back to a club reimagined as a lounge with sitting areas and plates of charcuterie to accompany its dance floor.
The re-opening coincides with this month’s LGBTQ Pride commemorations, which also are