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LIC strip club makes third run at liquor license

| aaltman@queenscourier.com


After two strikes, a Long Island City strip club is taking another swing at a liquor license.

21 Group Inc. — the proprietors of the controversial Show Palace strip club — requested that the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) reconsider the venue’s recent application. In June, the SLA sent 21 Group Inc. a denial letter in response to the company’s second application for a liquor license, according to a representative from the SLA.

Formerly known as Gypsy Rose, Show Palace opened at 42-50 21st Street in late May despite strong opposition from community leaders and residents. The all-nude club underneath the Queensboro Bridge opted for a no-clothes policy in response to previous liquor license rejections — forbidden in establishments where alcohol is served in New York.

Local officials remain steadfastly against the LIC jiggle joint receiving a liquor license, standing by their beliefs that such an establishment would be detrimental to one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in New York City.

“Nothing has changed since the last application and the community, including the community board, every elected official that represents the area, and the faith community all remain opposed,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.

Last week, State Senator Michael Gianaris wrote a letter to the chairman of the SLA, urging him that this neighborhood is not the appropriate place for a sex-based business as there are mass amounts of revitalization occurring in the area.

Show Palace’s Facebook page touts itself as “New York’s 1st Fully Nude, Brand New, Luxury Gentlemen’s Cabaret & Restaurant.”

The establishment’s website gives patrons the option to sign a petition against the denial of a liquor license.

“We have evidence that adult establishments, if properly zoned, as this one is, can have a positive impact on the local community as they bring life to the neighborhood after dark, they add security and surveillance to the area, and they bring much needed tax dollars and JOBS that directly benefit the local community,” states the petition.

As of press time, the petition for Show Palace’s liquor license garnered 1,185 of the goal of 5,000 signatures.

Attempts to contact Terry Flynn, 21 Group Inc.’s attorney, were unsuccessful as of press time.

Denied liquor license, Long Island City strip club goes ‘Full Monty’

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com


A controversial Long Island City strip club is refusing to have its last dance — despite losing its fight for the right to party with alcohol.

Show Palace, formerly known as Gypsy Rose, is slated to open on May 31 at 42-50 21st Street in L.I.C. — despite strong community opposition and having its request for a liquor license rejected twice.

In response to the rejections, Show Palace has opted to offer full nudity, which is not allowed in establishments where alcohol is served.

Community groups, civic leaders, elected officials and neighborhood residents have all publicly denounced the club, and a rally was held on January 12 protesting Show Palace’s opening.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer believes the strip club is bad for the neighborhood, and he says the community is currently discussing holding another protest in the coming weeks.

“These guys have just been sticking their fingers in the eyes of their neighbors, and that’s not the way to come into a community – by showing a real lack of concern and appreciation for the people around you,” Van Bramer said. “People getting off the Queensboro Bridge who exit at 21st Street, the first thing they see is that club. Great things have been happening in L.I.C., and it is an amazing place to live, work, own a business and raise a family, and it is going to continue to be so. I think we don’t want anything to detract from that and that’s why we have been opposed.”

Attempts to contact Terry Flynn, the attorney of Show Palace’s proprietors, were unsuccessful as of press time.

The club’s Twitter account publicizes it as the “newest, largest, most upscale FULL NUDE Adult Nightclub/Restaurant in NYC.” The message also ironically exclaims, “We raised the bar!”

Show Palace’s web site says it is open from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Although the club opens at 7 p.m. on Saturday, its closing time is answered only with three question marks.

Despite its dull and dreary exterior, a picture on Show Palace’s Facebook page portrays a lavish interior with bright purple lighting and chandeliers.


Long Island City strip club denied liquor license

| smosco@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

            Instead of “take it off,” Long Island City is shouting, “shut it down!”

            After rallying in front of a local strip club to block its opening, L.I.C. residents and officals got their wish as the club, Gypsy rose, was denied a liquor license by the State Liquor Authority on January 18.

            Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who led a rally against the club, said that the SLA’s decision is a victory for families.

            “L.I.C. is a great place to live, work and raise a family and we will never stop fighting to keep it growing and to keep it great,” said the councilmember. “I congratulate all those who rallied, wrote letters and spoke before the SLA and I commend the SLA for its appropriate decision, which it took today.”

            Opposition to the pole dancing haven reached its pinnacle at that rally, with Van Bramer leading the charge along with Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Senator Michael Gianaris, Community Board 2 Chair Joe Conley, as well as civic and religious leaders.

            “This is the wrong type of business in the wrong neighborhood,” said local resident Grant at the initial rally on January 12. “Long Island City is different now and we really don’t want a place like this next door.”

            “Gypsy Rose threatened our community when we rallied against it last year, telling us they would put in a club that featured full nudity as opposed to what they originally proposed,” said Van Bramer among the crowd of over 50 community leaders and officials.

            Representatives from Gypsy Rose’s parent company, 21 Group Inc., have met with community board officials numerous times over the past year, and have said that they will strengthen security with more guards and cameras. They also said that their establishment would be classier than what residents expect, and that it would convey an “elegant and artful” atmosphere.

            At a public hearing last June, 21 Group Inc.’s attorney called Gypsy Rose “unobtrusive” and an “improvement” to the area. He also said the renovations would give residents a stylish building.

            But the majority of residents and officials stood staunchly opposed to the strip club, no matter what the building might look like.

            “The community is against it, and businesses are against it, that is why I’m standing here to ensure that all our voices are heard,” said Van Bramer at the rally. “Not here, not now!”