Tax photo of 63-14 Roosevelt Avenue, 1966. Courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives.
Since its opening in the early 1990s, the Bum Bum Bar has been gay-owned and operated, attracting a mixed, but mostly Latina lesbian crowd. Bumbum is the informal word for a woman’s backside in Brazil where annually there is a popular Miss Bumbum contest. Along with several other gay and lesbian bars in Queens, Bum Bum provided support for the inaugural Queens Pride Parade in 1993. The bar remains in operation and holds numerous events that attract customers from the five boroughs.
As of 2017, Bum Bum is one of only four lesbian bars still in operation in New York City. The others are Henrietta Hudson and Cubbyhole, both in Greenwich Village, and Ginger’s Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Architect or Builder: Unknown
Year Built: by 1966
Shea Carmen Swan, “Bum Bum Bar ReBorn,” GO!, March 15, 2016, bit.ly/2dZDK6c.
“The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens,” Queens Museum, June-July 2017.
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