New York City events with LGBT pride

By Lapaccazo Sandoval | 6/20/2013, 3:02 p.m. | Updated on 6/25/2013, 3:02 p.m.

Keeping the musical legacy alive will be two live performers: violinist Brooke “Viosocalist” Alford ( and singer/songwriter/pianist Michelle DeAngelis (

Remember, this is a fundraiser, so RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Reply to By subway, take the A, B, C, D or 1 train to 145th Street.

Now, to the beach! On June 29, Henrietta Hudson, with Spice NYC and Sir Sabrina, present SIREN at the Water Taxi Beach at the South Street Seaport.

Lisa Cannistraci and Minnie Rivera are the owners of Henrietta Hudson and two of the brightest businesswomen in the city. SIREN, now in its third year, has quickly become the benchmark for excellence for the ladies during New York City Pride.

In 1991, Cannistraci (then a bartender on Wall Street) took refuge from the rain at 438 Hudson St. A few hours later, she was hired.

I’m fairly confident that Cannistraci knew after just offering a drink to party promoter Rivera, her future was about to change. When these two laid eyes on each other, somewhere in the universe, there was a sonic boom, and Henrietta Hudson was born.

The bar received its injection of fame and a place in pop culture history when Madonna became a regular.

Cannistraci is special. She’s not the warm and fuzzy type; she’s a New Yorker, but her strong personality is refreshing.

Every time we connect, I find myself humming Alicia Key’s love song to the city.

Lisa invited me to SIREN. I am on her personal guest list with a plus-one. (Hello, femmes of the city, I need a date!)

Henrietta Hudson presents SIREN on June 29, from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. For tickets, visit

Let’s groove in Harlem on June 28 and splash at the seaport on June 29.