Saturday, October 13, 2012
In the shadow of Ed Koch's bridge...
From the Daily News:
The owners of a controversial Long Island City strip club who have twice been denied a liquor license are hoping the third time’s the charm.
Lawyers for 21 Group Inc., which currently operates Show Palace, have asked the New York State Liquor Authority to reconsider their most recent application.
The authority will mull that request at its Oct. 25 meeting.
Show Palace, formerly named Gypsy Rose, went ahead and opened several months ago without the liquor license. The all-nude club and restaurant sits at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge.
The authority rejected its application earlier this year after intensive lobbying by local civic leaders and elected officials.
They pointed out the city has invested millions in helping that section of Long Island City shed its seedy image and transform into a thriving business and residential center.
“People stop at a light and stare at this all-nude sign — that’s not the welcome mat that we want for our borough,” said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). “We are proud to call this area the gateway to Queens and it has changed for the better with many families coming in and calling this neighborhood home.”
But Terry Flynn, the lawyer for 21 Group, pointed out the club meets all zoning and building code regulations for the site.
“They are qualified to hold a license,” said Flynn. “This place has been operating without any incident whatsoever.”
Interesting how media calls it the "Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge" when the mayor is connecting some stupid legacy project to it, but when something seedy near it is being reported on, Koch's name gets dropped.