We’re seeing a rise in lesbian bars in the West and East Coasts in America, and NYC is no exception. The Bush in Bushwick, Brooklyn was founded by Jenille Nikke Alleyne and Justine LaViolette.
The pair have been friends for 10 years and have been dreaming up The Bush for six of those years. On opening night, April 14th, 2023, The Bush drew in an immense crowd, with a line down the block of people excitedly waiting to get in.
It continues to bring in a great number of queer people. Importance of Community Lesbian and queer spaces are needed for so many reasons.
Justine and Jenille spoke about those spaces allowing for “the ease of being around people that are on the same page.” Justine also mentioned that “being able to cruise is really important.” They wanted a space where queer people have the opportunity to respectfully flirt without fear of hate or violence, and with the knowledge that it’s a generally queer space.