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State Liquor Authority Denies License For Proposed Queens Strip Club

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(credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

(credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York State Liquor Authority has confirmed to 1010 WINS that it has denied a controversial liquor license to a proposed Long Island City strip club.

Last week, local politicians and community activists mounted an effort to block a request by the Gypsy Rose on 21st Street to have its liquor license renewed.

Had the license been approved, the Gypsy Rose — which is located near the southern side of the Queensboro Bridge — would have opened its doors to the public.

Opponents argued that the opening of such a venue would have a negative affect on the community.

Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, who has been a staunch opponent of the adult cabaret, previously sent letters to the SLA last year denouncing the club’s application.

Following Wednesday’s ruling, he Van Bramer released a statement, saying he was “proud” to have joined colleagues in government and community leaders to “successfully oppose the granting of a liquor license to Gypsy Rose strip club in Long Island City.”

“Long Island City is a great place to live, work and raise a family and we will never stop fighting to keep it growing and to keep it great. I congratulate all those who rallied, wrote letters and spoke before the SLA and I commend the SLA for its appropriate decision, which it took today,” Van Bramer said in the statement.

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