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Cheap Shots on the rocks: SLA to vote on liquor license

| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) will vote next Tuesday to either cut off a problematic college bar in Queens or let the drinks keep flowing.

Cheap Shots, at 149-05 Union Tpke., has racked up numerous noise complaints and at least 10 violations since it opened in March 2010, mostly for disorderly conduct and alleged underage drinking, SLA records show.

Rowdy customers constantly break out in fights outside, and some have even been spotted urinating and vomiting on the street, 107th Precinct Community Council President Carolann Foley said.

The SLA’s licensing bureau will decide the bar’s fate on March 11 — either approving or rejecting Cheap Shots’ request for a license renewal — after a full board meeting, an authority spokesperson said. Its current liquor license expired Feb. 28.

“I fully expect the SLA to protect our community and revoke Cheap Shots’ liquor license,” said Councilmember Rory Lancman, who called the site near St. John’s University a “magnet for criminal activity.”

In January, Community Board 8’s Liquor License Committee unanimously shut down Cheap Shots’ renewal application during a heated meeting with bar owners. The advisory vote was meant to urge the SLA to follow suit.

Bar boss Louis Abreu said he has since hired another security guard to keep a handle on commotions on weekends, bumping the total detail to five.

“I’m a small business owner trying to do the best I can,” he said. “We’ve been keeping the noise down. I’m still willing to work with the neighborhood.”



Cheap Shots bar near St. John’s University may soon go dry

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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A problematic bar near St. John’s University is facing its last call after a local community board voted against renewing its liquor license.

Community Board 8’s Liquor License Committee rejected Cheap Shots’ renewal application Monday, citing numerous complaints the 149-05 Union Tpke. bar has racked up since it opened in March 2010.

“This is the most I’ve heard about any establishment,” Committee Chair Michael Hannibal said. “There’s a concern.”

Rowdy customers break out in fights, repeatedly robbing neighbors in a residential area of a good night’s sleep, board members said.

Some have also been spotted urinating and vomiting in front of the bar, according to 107th Precinct Community Council President Carolann Foley.

“It appears to me your business is a cancer to the community,” said board member Marc Haken. “It is decaying the community. You have to be cut out of the community.”

Bar representatives have had multiple meetings with local civic leaders, but to no avail, the board said.

“It’s pretty serious,” said Councilmember Rory Lancman, calling the bar a “magnet for criminal activity” and the site of four arrests in the last year.

“Cheap Shots has failed to clean up its act and has instead remained a blight on our community,” he said.

The committee unanimously voted to shut down the renewal and urged the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) to follow suit.

The sobering news means Cheap Shots could be forced to close if it loses its ability to serve alcohol.

Its current liquor license expires Feb. 28. SLA officials did not immediately comment.

“Right now, we don’t know what this means for us. It’s basically in jeopardy,” said Louis Abreu, the bar’s owner. “I’m trying my best to fit in. It’s not easy, but I’m not throwing in the towel.”

The bar boss said he shells out at least $800 on security detail on weekends to keep a handle on commotions and often calls the police himself when fights erupt.

“What happened at the meeting was a lynch mob,” Abreu said.



LIC strip club makes third run at liquor license

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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.