Restrictive zoning laws instituted by the Giuliani administration continue to push strip clubs into industrial neighborhoods on the fringes of the outer boroughs, reports the NYT. What’s more, activists in neighborhoods like Hunts Point and Long Island City are attacking the clubs’ liquor licenses, pushing the SLA to either not approve or take away the clubs’ rights to sell booze.
“And when there is no champagne in the champagne room, the flow of revenue also dries up,“ writes reporter Sarah Maslin Nir.
A 23-year-old dancer at Vivid Cabaret asks, “Pretty much any kind of outcast is O.K. in New York. So why are strip clubs getting the hammer so hard?”
Here’s some other interesting stuff we found on the Internet today:
Arby’s buys Pharrell Williams’ hat for $44,100 in EBay auction. [L.A. Times]
Heroic taco cook foils kidnapping. [NBC]
This cheesemaker started aging hunks of cheese under the E. Williamsburg sidewalk. [Grub Street]