Burned pride flag replaced outside Harlem gay bar Alibi Lounge

Pastor Vanessa Brown speaks at the unveiling of a new LGBTQ flag in front of the Alibi Lounge in Harlem on Thursday. Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz-Gordon

“We stand with the Alibi Lounge and the LGBTQ community to say that we will not be moved and love will always conquer hate,” State Sen. Brian A. Benjamin said.

Pastor Vanessa Brown speaks at the unveiling of a new LGBTQ flag in front of the Alibi Lounge in Harlem on Thursday.
Pastor Vanessa Brown speaks at the unveiling of a new LGBTQ flag in front of the Alibi Lounge in Harlem on Thursday. Photo Credit: Redens Desrosiers

The pride flag that was set on fire outside a Harlem gay bar earlier this week was replaced Thursday evening.

This is the second time the rainbow flags outside Alibi Lounge on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, near West 139th Street, have been replaced in recent weeks after police said a 20-year-old Harlem man burned them.

Tyresse Singleton was arrested Tuesday following the release of surveillance footage showing him lighting one of the flags on fire early Monday. On May 31, a camera also caught him burning two flags, on either side of the bar’s entrance, police said. He was charged with arson and criminal mischief as a hate crime.

Tyresse Singleton was arrested after police said he set fire to the pride flags outside Alibi Lounge in Harlem.
Tyresse Singleton was arrested after police said he set fire to the pride flags outside Alibi Lounge in Harlem. Photo Credit: NYPD

“Today, we will replace these rainbow pride flags for the last time!” State Sen. Brian A. Benjamin, who represents Harlem, said in a statement. 

Benjamin condemned Singleton’s actions as “acts of cowardly hate” and said they won’t be tolerated in Harlem.

“We are glad that the suspect was apprehended and we stand with the Alibi Lounge and the LGBTQ community to say that we will not be moved and love will always conquer hate,” he said.

Benjamin was joined by other local officials and community leaders to replace the flag.

The bar, which has been sharing updates on its Instagram page, thanked all the people who came out to reveal the new flag. 

“Your love and support has lifted us beyond anything we could have imagined!” a post on Thursday night said.

Nicole Brown