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Strip Club Where Cab Driver Was Shot Closed For Good

Purlieu

June 1, 2016 By Michael Florio

An Astoria strip club with a history of violence has closed for good.

Club Purlieu, located at 36-04 34th St., has closed its doors, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 114th Precinct, confirmed the closure.

The club had a violent history, including a fight that led to shots being fired on March 4, with a stray bullet striking livery driver Roberto Castillo in the head.

“This was far from the first violent incident,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “Club Purlieu was a bad business and a bad neighbor that brought violence and disruption to our community.”

The owners alerted the 114 Precinct that they had decided to close permanently, according to Fortune.

This came after the establishment received heavy fines from the State Liquor Authority. Club owners decided to close down rather than attempt to pay the fines off, according to Van Bramer’s office.

According to the SLA, Club Purlieu has offered to cancel its license.

“Club Purlieu was a clear and present danger to Dutch Kills, turning a residential neighborhood into a violent hotspot,” Van Bramer said.

Club Purlieu was temporarily shut down on the heels of the March shooting after the City found numerous violations at the establishment.

At that time, Van Bramer, along with Councilman Costa Constantinides, 114 precinct representatives and community members gathered in front of the club and called for it to be permanently closed.

Update: This story has been updated to include information provided by the SLA.

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Guy 47

I don’t think it was a strip club, just a hip-hop club that obviously attracted criminals.
Not sad to see it go.

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