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City targeting NYC strip clubs by going after liquor license

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – If you’re looking for a good time at a New York City strip club, and you’re hoping to have a bottle of champagne with that pole dance, then don’t expect to see an all-nude model.

For a gentleman’s club that liquor license is as good as gold — the key to serious financial profit and often the reason why customers don’t mind the extra clothing.  Now the city is targeting those liquor licenses as the first step to pushing the clubs out of several neighborhoods, including Long Island City in Queens..

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Community leaders and elected officials are working overtime to lobby the New York State Liquor Authority to deny a liquor license to these establishments – for the sake of the neighborhood.

“If anything, it should be regulated within residential areas to not disturb families and things like that,” said Long Island City Resident Daniel Vazquez.

But industry representative Jeff Levy says Show Palace and other dry clubs like it, who are fighting in court to get their liquor license restored are valued members of the community.