Everyone Needs an Alibi

Hello All!

I am Alexi Minko , the proud owner of Alibi Lounge. My bar is the only openly gay bar in Harlem, and I believe (as of 2019) I am the last black gay-bar owner in Manhattan.

Originally from Gabon, I immigrated to NYC in 2006. The queer community of Harlem inspired me to create a safe heaven for everyone in the world, but especially for the LGBTQ community of Harlem

My intention was to provide employment, training, and potential small business ownership skills to the LGBTQ black/latino young adults of Harlem.  Alibi Lounge, in association with Strive International, created a program sponsored by the City of New York offering hospitality career training as a commitment to this goal. This ensured employment to those who achieved their training successfully. 

We have not gone without our own trials and tribulations. During pride of last year, Alibi Lounge endured a homophobic attack when our rainbow flag was burnt TWICE.  It took two assaults on our community safe space before NYPD made an arrest. 

Earlier this month our shop was targeted again and our cash register was broken into. Alibi Lounge had been shut down for almost 4 months (due to the pandemic) at the time of this incident. 

We carried on despite adversity, exhaustion, and financial difficulties relating to COVID-19 , to remain open for almost four years!

Today we need your help. Please help us continue to provide a safe, fun, and open space for ALL in Harlem, especially our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Please help us keep our rainbow flag flying high until this pandemic ends.  

Your donation will help me keep my black/latino LGBTQ employees on payroll, pay rent, taxes, and utilities covering the months we quarantined. 

On behalf of the Alibi family, we can't thank you enough in advance for your generous contributions.

Much love,

Alibi Lounge


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Alexi Minko 
New York, NY

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