2017-12-06 / Front Page

Cops Nab 5 Women In Show Palace Prostitution Bust

By Liz Goff
Queens Vice cops raided the notorious “Show Palace” jiggle joint in Long Island City on December 1, where they arrested five women on prostitution charges, police sad.

The cops entered the club on 21st Street near 43rd Avenue at about 4 a.m. on December 4 to part of an investigation into violations of state liquor laws, police said. The officers ended up arresting the five women, ages 20-35, on a series of prostitution and prostitution-related charges.

The club lost its liquor license back in May, following published reports detailing drug sales, violence and allegations of prostitution at the site.

Show Palace was prohibited from obtaining a NY State liquor license in January 2017 after police officials at the 108th Precinct told the agency that three of four shootings in the Long Island City command were linked to the club.

When local leaders, elected officials and business owners battled against a liquor license for Gypsy Rose, Show Palace’s original name, in January 2012, the club owners vowed that they would open a strip joint at the location – alcohol or no alcohol.

The local voices reverberated with State Liquor Authority (SLA) officials and the agency rejected a third liquor license application submitted by club owners.

Club owners made good on their threat a few months later, when they opened Show Palace as a “juice bar” featuring full nudity, bypassing a city law that says alcohol and full nudity don’t mix.

Elected officials and community leaders blasted the nude club, charging it would damage Long Island City’s restored image as a family neighborhood.

“Motorists stop at a red light and stare at the all-nude sign outside the club,” City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer said at the time.“That’s not the welcome mat we want for our neighborhood.”

The club owners fired back, touting the club on their website as an “upscale adult entertainment establishment,” and described the neighborhood as “desolate, dark and dingy,” saying the club would provide jobs and “nightlife in the area.”

The SLA subsequently issued a new liquor license to the troubled club, despite protests by police, Community Board 2 and local leaders.

Local business and community leaders are applauding the NYPD for its ongoing enforcement and investigations that led to the December 1 arrests.

 

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