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With names like Club Heat and BadaBingthey proliferated amid the warehouses and next to the Bruckner Expressway after restrictive zoning laws instituted by the Giuliani administration forced them from other neighborhoods.
Now there are none.
The strip club industry is under broad attack in New York, as opponents have embraced a startlingly effective strategy: Spare the strip clubs, but punish their liquor. In the last several years, community leaders have found increasing success petitioning the State Liquor Authority to revoke the liquor s of numerous strip clubs in New York and deny the applications of new clubs. The tactics have led many owners to try to operate without selling alcohol — a status that, ironically, because of vagaries in the rules governing exotic dancing, allows the clubs to be totally nude.
But the resulting loss of customers makes clear that the presence of alcohol is far more important than the absence of pasties. And when there is no champagne in the champagne room, the flow of revenue also dries up. Salamanca has spearheaded efforts that led to the closing of four clubs in the last two years. In determining whether to award athe authority considers criteria like the proximity of other such establishments and the background of an applicant. Some of the arguments against a club can be rather straightforward. Salamanca cited one Hunts Point venue, Club Eleven, that he said was a magnet for trouble; the police were called to numerous fights and assaults that stemmed from the club.
And in Decembera woman was shot and killed outside. Other battles require more effort. Club opponents have set up their own task forces and begun to investigate club owners, reporting any dirt to the Liquor Authority.
As a result, established venues have seen their liquor s contested for reasons that sometimes amount to technicalities. In the case of Platinum Pleasures in Hunts Point, club owners did not notify the authority and surrender its when it was temporarily shut for construction work.
The club closed in ; last week, a State Supreme Court justice upheld the decision to revoke its .
A local pastor has expressed interest in converting the space into a church. Nonetheless, the more potent community pressures, combined with the restrictive zoning measures, have made it exceedingly difficult for a new strip club to open in the city.
Most if not all new clubs that have opened in roughly the last five years have done so in the footprints of former strip clubs, taking advantage of a city Buildings Department stipulation grandfathering in clubs that existed before But it took the company until last year to find a location for a second club in New York; it found a space on West 37th Street that had served at one time as a fetish dungeon, and opened Vivid Cabaret, a strip club, this winter. Some clubs fight back.
Samantha R. Darche, who is chief of staff and legislative counsel for Aravella Simotas, a state assemblywoman who represents Long Island City, said the clubs were hardly the welcome banner the neighborhood needed. Darche said.
In August, a new law spearheaded by Ms. Simotas was passed, requiring sexually oriented businesses to more fully disclose their nature when they apply for liquor s. It is intended, proponents acknowledge, to give communities more time to gird for battle. Show Palace, an opulent Vegas-like club, celebrated with a Prohibition-themed party in May. Those in the industry, including owners, trade groups and some of the dancers themselves, say strip clubs can be a boon for desolate neighborhoods.
Citing sociological and industry-sponsored studies that show how a strip club can improve its surroundings, they say the establishments increase nighttime foot traffic to the forlorn locales to which they are banished — and where no other business would invest. They also contend that the campaign against strip clubs is out of touch in a city where today nudity raises few eyebrows, whether flaunted on cable television or plastered on billboards. Albert J. While most club owners have decided to shut down rather than proceed without alcohol, Show Palace is operating as a juice bar, serving no hard liquor.
As such, Show Palace can push a selling point other clubs lack: There may be no vodka, but the dancers are in the raw.
The politics of it all seemed mystifying to one dancer, a year-old woman at Vivid, who declined to give her real name because she had not made her occupation widely known.Bronx ny adult clubs
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