2016-03-09 / Front Page

City Slams Door On CityScapes Strip Joint

By Liz Goff
Police officials padlocked the CityScapes Gentlemen’s Club on March 3, shutting down the reputed mob-linked juggle joint that repeatedly thumbed its nose at city and state liquor laws.

The NYPD Legal Bureau shuttered CityScapes after an investigation revealed the club had repeatedly violated an agreement owners reached in a lawsuit filed by city and state officials.

The city and the State Liquor Authority filed the lawsuit against the club on April10, 2015, citing multiple violations of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) law and the city Nuisance Abatement law. The lawsuit claimed the club repeatedly violated the ABC law, which bans licensed clubs from serving liquor to underage and obviously intoxicated patrons.

Club owners signed a settlement agreement with the city and state on April 15, 2015, in which they promised the club would stop violating the ABC law.

That promise fell apart in July 2015, when the club was slapped with a $15,000 fine for violating the ABC law, a law enforcement source said. “Police saw a club employee serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons in December 2015, and they found marijuana in the club a few weeks ago,” the source said.

CityScapes made headlines on December 30, when NY Knicks Cleanthony Early was shot after leaving the club in an Uber car. Early and his gal pal were ambushed by at least four men in a Nissan Altima, who stole his $9,000 gold chains, his iPhone and the gold caps from his teeth before shooting Early in his kneecap.

Police are still searching for a team of suspects who firebombed CitiScapes on January 31. Cops said the suspects were captured on surveillance footage parking a Nissan Altima about a block away from the club on the morning of January 31. The suspects walked to the juggle joint carrying a red container of gasoline, a bottle and a cloth, police said. As they approached the club, one of the men tossed a paving stone through a club window while another poured the gasoline into the bottle, jammed the cloth inside and lit it. The man tossed the bottle through the broken window and ran from the scene, police said.

“They were apparently trying to destroy footage that could identify them in the attack on Early,” police said.

CityScapes gained notoriety again last month, when police discovered that the mother of a 2-year-old girl, killed in a Bronx fire, was a dancer at the club. Cops said the woman repeatedly left the little girl home alone while she jiggled for patrons at Citiscapes.

Club owners did not immediately return calls for comment. Instead, they posted a message to patrons on Twitter saying, “Sorry for the convenience. Stay tuned for our re-opening.”.

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