ESCUALITA 301 WEST 39TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY OPEN 1965-1995, 1996-2015 (NOW RAINBOW, PICTURED) “‘Que lastima!’ (‘What a shame!’) That's what I whinnied on hearing that Escuelita -- the Latin-flavored LGBT dance club that ran for 19 years at 301 W. 39 Street after an even longer run in another space in that vicinity -- is saying adios. It's one of those places that were so unique and special that they obviously couldn't last forever in the changing landscape of NYC gentrification, but Escuelita kept going for so long that we closed our eyes to its inevitable demise and kept dancing. Ay, los memories! I spent quite a few New Year's Eves there, loving the old-school drag revue hosted by fabulous Angel Sheridan and starring Lady Catiria, Jessica Foxx, and so many other Escuelita divas. Many of them did not long to blend in with mainstream society, but instead were huge-featured Times Square showgals that were larger than life in their lips, their boobs, and their persona. And they could lipsynch to a T -- with arm gestures galore -- whether it was to an old-style Latin diva or a current pop songstress, as the crowd cheered, drank, and drank some more. While other people went to four-star restaurants and hoity toity house parties for New Year's, I couldn't imagine going anywhere other than Escuelita for the trans fun and fabulousness. The confetti was heartfelt.” (Michael Musto, Paper Magazine, 2016)            

ESCUALITA 301 WEST 39TH STREET, NEW YORK, NY OPEN 1965-1995, 1996-2015 (NOW RAINBOW, PICTURED) “‘Que lastima!’ (‘What a shame!’) That's what I whinnied on hearing that Escuelita -- the Latin-flavored LGBT dance club that ran for 19 years at 301 W. 39 Street after an even longer run in another space in that vicinity -- is saying adios. It's one of those places that were so unique and special that they obviously couldn't last forever in the changing landscape of NYC gentrification, but Escuelita kept going for so long that we closed our eyes to its inevitable demise and kept dancing. Ay, los memories! I spent quite a few New Year's Eves there, loving the old-school drag revue hosted by fabulous Angel Sheridan and starring Lady Catiria, Jessica Foxx, and so many other Escuelita divas. Many of them did not long to blend in with mainstream society, but instead were huge-featured Times Square showgals that were larger than life in their lips, their boobs, and their persona. And they could lipsynch to a T -- with arm gestures galore -- whether it was to an old-style Latin diva or a current pop songstress, as the crowd cheered, drank, and drank some more. While other people went to four-star restaurants and hoity toity house parties for New Year's, I couldn't imagine going anywhere other than Escuelita for the trans fun and fabulousness. The confetti was heartfelt.” (Michael Musto, Paper Magazine, 2016)