State Senator Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer last Friday demanded the closure of Show Palace, an all-nude adult establishment, after five people were arrested for prostitution inside the nightclub last week.
According to Gianaris, the club has a history of illegal activity, including arrests related to drug, liquor and weapon charges, as well as a shooting that occurred outside the location.
“It’s bad not only because it’s the type of business we don’t need in this community, but because they are breaking laws on a regular basis,” he said.
Show Palace, located near the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge, is operated by the owners of Sin City, a former strip club in the Bronx known for gang activity, shootings and prostitution. Sin City was shut down earlier this year.
According to officials, the State Liquor Authority repeatedly denied Show Palace a liquor license. As a result, the site became an all-nude establishment in response, angering local officials.
“They don’t actually try to work with anyone,” Van Bramer said.
Urban Upbound CEO Bishop Taylor said the establishment has become a hotbed for criminal activity, and expressed concern for the families living in nearby Queensbridge Houses.
“Our families are at great risk from businesses like this that exist in our community,” he said.
Patrick O’Brien, who chairs the City Services and Public Safety committees for Community Board 2, criticized multiple signs placed outside the venue that argued against the “censorship” of the establishment.
He said the signs were a “cheap and unavailing attempt” to change the dialogue into a constitutional argument.
“Let's be real clear here, this has nothing to do with censorship,” O’Brien said.
“We know we’re dealing with bad actors,” Gianaris added. “We’re trying to do the best for our community to keep the people who are coming to this community safe.”