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Landlord bans Brooklyn club from ‘turning’ gay

Owner of Greenpoint bar continues to fight controversial lease
April 20, 2014 01:00PM

 The landlord of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn club refuses to allow its owner to turn it into a gay bar.

Bar owner John McGillion has wanted to convert his bar Lulu’s On 113 Franklin Street into a gay bar, but his lease prohibits him from doing so. In Brooklyn Supreme Court papers filed last week, McGillion said he believes accommodating the local gay and lesbian community would help him see a profit.

McGillion has withheld the rent for months and has been fighting landlord Guard General Merchandise Corp. for more than a year over the issue.

He tried to sell the business before, but claims the deals fell through when the landlord tried to triple the rent for the prospective buyers.

With 10 months left on the lease, McGillion is asking a judge to invalidate the clause in question and to instead extend the deal by two or three years. [NYP] —TRD