March 13, By Hannah Wulkan
A local politician wants a strip club located on the border of Astoria and Long Island City to be shut down.
State Senator Michael Gianaris has called for the gentleman’s club Aces at 32-10 37th Avenue to be closed down for good, claiming that the club is a magnet for crime.
“Aces is notorious for its ongoing troubling activity. Residents deserve to live in a community where they feel safe, with a robust quality of life. It’s time we get rid of this bad adult establishment once and for all and apply our resources towards protecting our schools, small businesses and families,” Gianaris said in a statement.
Gianaris pointed to the disproportionate number of criminal issues at the club to back up his request for it to be shut down.
He said that in 2016 there were 252 “911” calls that dealt with the club, and that in May 2016 there was a gang related shooting outside, requiring regular police attention to monitor the club.
He also pointed out that Aces failed to comply with its cabaret license in 2016, and faced a temporary shut down for licensing issues last year as well.
To back up his call for the shut down, Gianaris wrote a letter to the State Liquor Authority asking that it rescind Aces’ liquor license.
“It is evident that Aces is a danger to local residents and a detriment to our community’s quality of life,” he stated in the letter. “Accordingly, I request that the State Liquor Authority deny the renewal of Aces’ cabaret license.”
Gianaris added that prior to Aces opening, the space was occupied by a club called System, which had similar issues. He stated that if Aces were to be shut down, he would want to make sure it would not become another club.
The owner of the Aces could not be reached for comment.