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.READ MORE: New York City Public High Schools To Reopen March 22, All Sports To Return Mid-April
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.READ MORE: Times Square's 'Naked Cowboy' Robert Burck Arrested In Florida
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.MORE NEWS: Bravo Packing Recalling Ground Beef And Performance Dog Foods Over Salmonella, Listeria Concerns
1010 WINS has reached out to Terry Flynn, the attorney for 21 Group Inc. — the entity looking to open the club — for comment.