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NYPD shuts down LIC’s Show Palace

The closure comes a month after cops cuffed five for prostitution

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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018 10:30 am

Lawmakers and other opponents of Long Island City strip club Show Palace are celebrating this week after police shut down the problematic venue last Saturday.

Armed with a court order, officers from the NYPD’s vice unit walked into the 45-20 21 St. all-nude venue around midnight, ordered everyone to leave and posted a notice on the door, saying it had been shut down by the authorities.

The closure came a little more than a month after police raided the venue and arrested five women on prostitution-related charges — the latest in a laundry list of alleged crimes, including drug offenses and a handful of nonfatal shootings, that have either occurred there or were otherwise stemmed from confrontations at Show Palace over the years.

That prompted Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and other community leaders to hold a press conference outside the club a week later to demand the club be shuttered for good.

In a pair of statements issued on Monday, the lawmakers celebrated the action taken by the NYPD and District Attorney Richard Brown’s office, saying the orange “closed” signs on the Show Palace door were a welcome sight.

“The closure of Show Palace is an important and hard-fought success for our community,” Gianaris said. “Thanks to the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney for continuing to protect our neighborhoods. I will remain vigilant in case this establishment attempts to reopen.”

“I am pleased to see that Show Palace has finally been shut down for good. For years, this establishment was a blight on a fantastic neighborhood that serves as the gateway to Queens,” Van Bramer added. “Show Palace had brought unwanted violence and crime to this community for years, and its closure has finally rid Long Island City of a bad actor that only served to harm an otherwise great neighborhood.”

Show Palace was first denied a liquor license in 2011 and again in early 2012.

A third application later that year was eventually rescinded, with ownership choosing to turn the venue to an all-nude gentlemen’s club instead of one that featured only partial nudity — the state does not allow all-nude establishments to serve liquor.

Gianaris said at December’s press conference that was a move made to get back at the community, as leaders had expressed vehement opposition to its liquor license applications.

The lawmakers added that club ownership had showed no interest in fielding community concerns or negotiating with area leaders at any point over the years.

But in anticipation of December’s press conference, a handful of large signs were plastered to the front of Show Palace.

The messages written on them both criticized the lawmakers themselves and slammed them for “censoring” the club.

Neither the NYPD, Brown’s office nor Show Palace management responded to inquiries for comment by press time on Wednesday.

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