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Local Leaders Fight Opening Of Long Island City Strip Club

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(credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

(credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Local politicians and community activists have mounted an effort against a proposed strip club in Long Island City.

Protesters rallied Thursday hoping to block a request by the Gypsy Rose on 21st Street for the state to renew its liquor license.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

“Let’s send this strip club to Fifth Avenue, let’s send it to Madison Avenue, let’s send it to Jamaica Estates – I wonder if you would allow the strip club to have a liquor license in Jamaica Estates,” Bishop Mitchell Taylor, a local religious leader and founder of East River Development Alliance, said.

“Twenty-five years ago this area was Gypsy Rose heaven, we’re publicly saying today those days are over,” Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, a local religious leader, said.

The State Liquor Authority is scheduled to hold a hearing on the license issue next Wednesday. A decision is likely to be made then.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has been a staunch opponent of the adult cabaret. He sent letters to the SLA last year denouncing the club’s application.

If approved, the Gypsy Rose – which is located near the southern side of the Queensboro Bridge  — will open its doors to the public.

1010 WINS has reached out to Terry Flynn, the attorney for 21 Group Inc. — the entity looking to open the club — for comment.

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