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Bouncer Shot Twice While Guarding LIC Strip Club: NYPD

Show Palace at 45-20 21st St. after being temporarily closed for prostitution in January 2018 (Queens Post)

May 20, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

A bouncer was shot twice outside a troubled Long Island City strip joint early Monday morning, police say.

A 42-year-old bouncer was shot once in the left leg and again in the left arm while guarding the door of Show Palace Gentlemen’s Club, located at 42-50 21 St., around 4:42 a.m. this morning, according to police.

EMS responded to the scene and transported the bouncer to Elmhurst Hospital. The bouncer is likely to recover.

The unidentified shooter fled the scene in an unknown direction, police say.

Show Palace, a strip club known for its fully-nude dancers, has been the location of several previous incidents since opening in 2012 and has been cited for incidents including prostitution, gun violence, harassment, and illegal drug use.

The club has operated without a liquor license since its opening, with the State Liquor Authority repeatedly denying a license to the locale due to its history for crime and being near a growing residential area.

The investigation regarding this latest incident remains ongoing.

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Shut this down. This club will only bring prices down and the value of our investment homes too.


I’m sure the guy who got shot twice thinks it’s newsworthy. The people who live and work in the neighborhood probably think it’s newsworthy. To anyone who walks or at the very least, drives through that area thinks it’s newsworthy. So yeah: legit news. Thanks for your worthless comment.

Pa Ingalls

Well he worked for a smarmy strip club. We had one off of Queens Blvd and it was finally shut down because of the murders. Are these places really positive influences??

You get what you get.


The area is zoned light industrial. Using an infamous loophole–please work on closing it!–“hotels”–i.e. homeless shelters reaping thousands of City dollars monthly opened in LIC, one down the block.
The area is not a growing residential area. Real Estate Board types tried to shove braking the zone during the Amazon land and property giveaway, and citizens who need these jobs, services and equipment supplies must fight fiercely to protect them–)except this business, opposite a Queensborough bridge exit, by the way).


“has been cited for incidents including prostitution, gun violence, harassment, and illegal drug use.

The club has operated without a liquor license since its openingx

Why hasn’t this place been shut down already??! Are they waiting for someone to get killed before taking any action?


I don’t want this place here either but, the DOB let them have permits for construction and they spent a lot of money. They are not owed anything but should be allowed to operate within the confines of the law. No liquor license no booze. But they should keep everyone safe


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