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Pride Flags Set on Fire at Harlem Gay Bar, Police Say

A police spokesman says the rainbow flags were burned just after midnight Friday at the Alibi Lounge a day before the start of the city's Pride Month celebrations

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    Pride Flags Burned at Harlem Bar

    Someone appeared to set rainbow flags outside a Harlem bar on fire, but the owner had a message for whoever did it: They won't stop being proud. NBC 4 New York's Ray Villeda reports.

    (Published Friday, May 31, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Police say they're investigating a possible anti-gay bias crime after pride flags were set on fire at the entrance of a gay bar in Harlem

    • A police spokesman says the rainbow flags were burned just after midnight Friday at the Alibi Lounge

    • On its Instagram, the business bills itself as the only black-owned gay lounge in New York City, serving food and drinks

    Rainbow flags were set on fire at the entrance of a gay bar in Harlem on the eve of Pride Month, police said. 

    The flags were burned just after midnight Friday at the Alibi Lounge a day before the start of the city's Pride Month celebrations, a police spokesman said. 

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the NYPD in the investigation. 

    "There is no place for hate in New York and those responsible for this repugnant behavior must be held accountable," Cuomo said in a statement. 

    On its Instagram, the business bills itself as the only black-owned gay lounge in Harlem, serving food and drinks.

    Photos of the scorched, multicolored flags were posted online.

    No one was injured and rain extinguished the flames.

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