Jan. 14, 2016 By Michael Florio
Scandals, the gritty strip club located in the heart of Long Island City, is about to reopen at its former site by the Queensboro Bridge.
The club shut its doors at 24-03 Queen Plaza North about a year ago but plans are in the works for it to reopen soon at the same highly visible location.
The club recently filed an application with Community Board 1 to renew its liquor license, which was approved without any issue on Tuesday.
“There were no residential complaints against this establishment,” a CB 1 consumer affairs spokesman said. “We reached out to the 114 Precinct who said the establishment were ‘good neighbors.’”
The committee spokesman also told the Astoria Post that club may have to relocate in three years since its lease will come to an end.
The architect working on Scandals, Michael Just of Just Architecture, said that the well-known jiggle-joint will be opening “soon.” He said that he has been helping the owner file the necessary building permits to get the establishment open.
The strip club is located across the street from the QLIC development, a 21-story, 421-unit rental tower. The area is mushrooming with new developments and is no longer the beaten-up wasteland of yesteryear.
Scandals has been at that location since 2002, although it closed last January. However, the awning was never taken down.
When it closed, one nearby resident said she saw Scandals workers moving out some of its furniture.
“I saw their purple seats—which were really gross,” the woman said. However she liked having the club nearby since she felt reassured walking in the area because of all the security guards.
Nevertheless, many residents held the view that the club no longer belongs in what is now a residential area.
Joseph Ciampa, the owner listed on the building permit, could not be reached for comment.