Monday, May 18, 2009

LIC strip club plan nixed

From the Queens Chronicle:

Plans to open a large adult entertainment establishment near the entrance to the Queensborough Bridge in Long Island City were abandoned last week.

The proposed establishment was to have featured lap dances, 13 private rooms and several stages and bars. With a main floor of 8,000 square feet, plus a mezzanine level, the club would have accommodated 300 or more guests. It was to be open seven days a week until 4 a.m.

Gus Drakotoulos, who owns the building at 42-50 21st Street and had planned to turn the facility into a gentlemen’s club, didn’t say why he abandoned his plan so abruptly.

“We just recently changed our minds,” Drakotoulos said. “Change of interest. ... We’re abandoning the idea of the night club industry.”

Drakotoulos, who also owns an adult entertainment establishment in the Bronx called Sin City, did not say what he plans to do with the building in Long Island City.

Patrick O’Brien, chairman of the City Services and Public Safety Committee of Community Board 2, said he thinks Drakotoulos’ decision may have something to do with the community board’s opposition.

O’Brien explained that the proposed facility would be one of the first things people would see when coming off the Queensborough Bridge.

“That’s not the gateway to Long Island City or to Queens that we want,” he said.


Anonymous said...

You already see two clubs coming off the bridge, if I recall - what harm could one more do?

-ex-Astoria resident (but I miss it a lot)

Anonymous said...

at least the hookers would be off the street.

georgetheatheist said...

Gus Drakopoulos [that's the correct spelling] is a hometown boy. He grew up in - with a name like that, where else? - Astoria.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #1, you aren't missing much. I am a lifelong Astoria resident. I still live here, and I miss Astoria alot, if you know what I mean. It just isn't what it used to be.