NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday directed the state police Hate Crimes Task Force to help the NYPD investigate the burning of pride flags outside a gay bar in Harlem on Friday.
The flags were found burned outside the Alibi Lounge early Friday morning – a day before the start of Pride Month on June 1.
Alibi Lounge posted photos of the scorched rainbow flags to Instagram.
“Thanks to the @nypd for doing a great job standing under the rain to help find the a$$hole who set our rainbow flags on fire! The symbol of our pride of being part of the LGBTQ community! We are proud!” the message read.
Alibi Lounge bills itself as the only black-owned gay lounge in the city.
The NYPD has said it is investigating the burning of the flags as a possible anti-gay bias crime.
Police said no one was injured in the fire and that rain extinguished the flames.
“I am disgusted by the burning of a Pride flag outside an LGBTQ bar in Harlem early yesterday morning. There is no place for hate in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement directing state police to investigate.
"Rather than divide New Yorkers, this despicable act will only strengthen our commitment to tolerance, equality and justice for every individual," the governor said.
Pride Month kicks off on Saturday, with events planned across the city throughout the month of June.