In the wake of a fatal massacre in Orlando early Sunday, New York’s gay clubs were being extra careful with security Sunday night.
” We have been contacted by the police department and have been told that there is no intel involving a correlated terrorist attack of any kind, but we have been asked to remain very aware of our surroundings and report anything suspicious if we see it,” said James Wells, bar manager at Therapy nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen.
Wells said he was hopeful customers would still feel comfortable enough to come out.
“It is the Tony’s tonight, and we do show them, so hopefully some people will not be afraid to come out,” he said.
Clubs throughout the city also offered their condolences to the victims and their families.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the entire Orlando community. #PrayersForOrlando,” XL New York wrote on its Facebook page.
The Stonewall Inn, famously known as the site of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, also posted to Facebook.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in Orlando. We stand in solidarity and in sadness with our entire LGBT community.”
Stonewall Inn be the site of a vigil planned for Monday at 6 p.m., hosted by Stonewall Democrats. The vigil organizers want to “rememberlives lost to such senseless violence and stand together against these acts.” However, other organizers will hold a vigil at Stonewall Inn on Sunday night.
Other vigils planned Sunday night including a gathering at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights with Muslim and LGBT activists to “to denounce violence in all its forms and pay their respects to the victims of the Orlando terror attack” at 7:30 p.m. and an interfaith vigil at Harlem’s Judson Church at 6 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all flags throughout the fiveboroughsto be flown at half-staff Sunday as a mark of respect of the victims in Orlando.City Hall was lit with rainbow colors to represent LGBT pride Sunday evening.