High-End Strip Club Seeking to Open in West Village

By Andrea Swalec on October 18, 2012 1:53pm 

 The owner of the adult video store on the West Side Highway at Clarkson Street is seeking community approval for a liquor license at a new strip club.
The owner of the adult video store on the West Side Highway at Clarkson Street is seeking community approval for a liquor license at a new strip club.
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MANHATTAN — The owner of a 24-hour adult video store on the West Side Highway is trying to get community approval to serve alcohol at an upscale strip club slated for the space.

The company Mystique Mystique, which has designs for a club called Platinum, will go before Community Board 2 at a full board meeting Thursday night seeking support for a liquor license, according to the board's website.

The board's State Liquor Authority committee recommended denial of the application for 354-355 West St., at Clarkson Street, at a meeting on Oct. 11, said district manager Bob Gormley, who referred to the planned club as "high-end."

Operator Thomas Wolfe, a longtime employee of the popular gentlemen's club Scores, told The Villager the 49-seat club would have a dress code, $20 cover charge and tight security.

“We’re keeping it under 100 people,” he said. “It’s a small venue, a classy venue. We’re going for quality, not quantity.”

According to The Villager, Wolfe will present CB2 with a petition signed by more than 1,000 supporters.

Opponents of the planned club said its location just steps from Pier 40, which hosts children's athletic events, is inappropriate.

CB2's full board meeting will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the lower level of the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua at 154 Sullivan St.

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