HUNTS POINT, The Bronx (PIX11) — Millie Colon can remember the Hunts Point made famous in all of those groundbreaking cable documentaries from years back.
Widespread street corner prostitution, countless strip clubs. That’s now in the past – and this grandmother wants to keep it that way.
Which is why Millie stood out in front of the all nude “juice bar” Platinum Pleasures Wednesday evening, in support of tighter licensing regulations.
“They don’t need to see this. This is not a view for children. We should have other things that’s more, more coming to the children than just these ladies naked out here, as if it’s nothing,” said Colon.
Platinum Pleasures recently re-opened as a non-alcohol, all nude after hours club and is not required to have a cabaret license.
We were unable to reach anyone at the club, and the Association of Club Executives of New York, an industry advocacy organization, did not return our call for comment. But residents say Platinum Pleasures is currently open weekends only, from 3 a.m to 8 a.m., and does so with no say from anyone in the community.
State senator Jeff Klein wants to change that with proposed legislation aimed at inviting local community boards into the decision making and approval process.
“It would be moving forward. So far, they’re in the process of opening this, and we’re hopeful we can get this done so they would have to undergo the same requirements as if they were a regular strip club that was serving alcohol,” said Senator Klein.
Rafael Salamanca is Community Board Two’s District Manager.
“When we have establishments like these in our community, where these johns come, they party, they drink, and then they go out to solicit the women, ya know, we’re never really gonna be able to resolve the prostitution issue,” said Salamanca.
It’s a chain reaction 35 year Hunts Point resident Millie wants to end before it’s too late.
“All of them gone. Gone, gone, gone. We will not stop here. We will continue to fight for this. For the sake of our children, the community children, everybody’s children that believes that this juice bar should not be up. We could use this space for something else,” said Colon.