Thursday, March 28, 2013
Bikini bar near sewage plant upsets locals
From the Daily News:
An Astoria bikini bar that local leaders fear will turn into a strip joint is facing an uphill battle for a liquor license.
Racks, at 19-26 Steinway St. on the outskirts of residential Astoria, withdrew its state liquor license application Wednesday. The bar then re-applied under a different license category.
“I’m going to fight against an establishment that doesn’t fit the character of our family-oriented community,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), who has led the charge against area adult entertainment venues.
Racks is less than 400 feet away from a playground, she pointed out, and on the same block where a residential building is going up.
“These types of businesses are harmful to residential communities,” Simotas said.
Community Board 1 unanimously voted against supporting Racks’ liquor license application at its September meeting.
But District Manager Lucille Hartmann pointed out that the neighborhood has changed since the area was zoned for adult entertainment.
“When that zoning was created, the new housing wasn’t there,” she said.
And why did CB1 approve the variance application for the new housing in an industrial zone? I'm not a fan of strip clubs and no one wants them in their neighborhood, but where should they go if not in the manufacturing area? Furthermore, do you really think the electeds here are trying to protect Astoria, or protect the bottom line of the developer that is building the apartment complex?