March 17, 2016 By Michael Florio
At the urging of police, Community Board 1 rejected a new strip club’s liquor license application Tuesday night due to its location.
Mystique Mystique is a topless club that will open at 62-05 30th Ave., according to the 114 Precinct. This location was formerly occupied by Club Perfection and has a history of violent crime.
The Consumer Affairs committee, which handles liquor license applications, recommended against the application due to “significant public safety concerns from the 114 Precinct,” chair John Katsanos said.
This motion was approved by the full board.
Detective Edwin Negron told the Astoria Post that the precinct had issued a warning to the Board due to the history of problematic clubs at that location.
“It’s a new establishment,” Negron said. “But we do have concerns because of the history.”
Club Perfection was closed at this location by the NYPD and State Liquor Authority, Negron said.
“It is new ownership,” he said. “But we did want the Board to keep in mind that this location is branded with quality of life and violent crime issues.”
Negron spoke at the Board meeting about gentlemen’s clubs in general in Astoria, which he said occupy a lot of the Precinct’s resources.
“Some clubs are good neighbors and try to curb quality of life complaints,” he said. “But many do not do that.”
Negron said that on weekends, officers of the 114 Precinct run from one of these establishments to the next.
The Board’s recommendation against a liquor license now moves to the SLA, which makes the final decision.