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Three men stabbed inside Astoria ‘gentleman’s club’


March 9, 2015 By Michael Florio

A fight erupted inside an Astoria nightclub early Friday morning, leaving three men in the hospital.

Three men were stabbed after a fight broke out at Club Purlieu, a gentleman’s club located at 36-04 34th Street, at about 3 am Friday.

The first victim, a 27-year-old male, was stabbed several times in the back with an unknown object, according to the NYPD. He was taken to Cornell Medical Center for his injuries.

The other two victims, a 20-year-old male and a male whose age was not disclosed, were stabbed in the incident and taken to local hospitals for their injuries.

Three other men, who police believe were the perpetrators, all reportedly were assaulted and struck in the head, with one being taken to the ground and kicked in the head, according to the NYPD.

It is unclear what started the altercation at this time.

No arrests have been made at this time, an NYPD spokesperson said.

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Who said it was a strip club? Based on their website and yelp/google it seems like it is more of a hip-hop/rapper joint. I think calling it a gentlemen’s club is giving it the wrong connotation. Just because the exterior looks like the Hustler club on the west side highway doesn’t make it a strip club.

Considering the proximity to several schools (one only about 150 feet away), I don’t think they would ever be permitted to put in a strip joint.

I own some property very close to that place and have frequently walked past that place since it opened 18 months or so ago and always wondered what it was. Sometimes a door would be open for a daytime cleaning crew and I remember seeing a very fancy looking wooden bar. It always seemed to be closed but I guess I don’t normally keep their hours.

I did happen to be down the avenue when the police came in at 3am that night. Lots of police cars blocking off the block, a big guy in handcuffs in the middle of 36 Ave.


What a shame this place was turned into a strip joint. Lots of strip joints in Astoria to go to. It had potential to become a nightclub were young people can go and dance.


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