June 19, 2015 By Christian Murray
Show Palace, a Long Island City gentlemen’s club known for its fully-nude strippers and its hiring of porn stars, went before Community Board 2 last week in a quest for a liquor license.
The strip club, located at 42-50 21st Street, was denied a liquor license by the State Liquor Authority when it opened three years ago, after it was deemed to be operating in an unsuitable Long Island City location—a decision upheld by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York.
The club, which has been operating without a liquor license, has been able to take advantage of a city loophole that has allowed it to offer fully-nude, full friction shows to 18-year-old’s and above.
The club presented the argument to the board that if it were to be granted a liquor license it would be in a better position to work with the community and amend some of its business practices.
Pat O’Brien, the chairman of Community Board 2, said the argument was nonsense. “Other than the fact you will have topless entertainment with alcohol served as opposed to completely nude entertainment with no alcohol… what is changing?”
O’Brien said that it was declared an inappropriate location three years ago given the potential growth in Long Island City. If anything, that growth has continued making the task of getting a license tougher.
However, the attorney for Show Palace said the establishment is here to stay. “This meeting and the approving of their liquor license gives the community more of an ability to have an input on certain aspects of its business,” she said.
“The applicant and I will sit with you and you can say we don’t like your hours and point out something specific. If you are going to say that it is never going to happen because it’s an adult entertainment facility it puts us in a place where we have no room to move.”
However, O’Brien asked her how the club would overcome the SLA’s decision and the Appellate Division’s decision that it is not a location for a place like this.
The attorney argued that since Show Palace has been in open, it has not had an adverse impact on the neighborhood.
However, O’Brien pointed out that there has been a homicide in front of the establishment and felony assault charges.
“These things don’t happen at Chuck E. Cheese,” he said.
The board unanimously voted against the license.
O’Brien asked the attorney: “If this were on the block that you live what would you or your husband—or children think.”
To learn more about Show Palace click here (warning contains some nudity)