Hookers Seeing Red Over Strip Club


Paris Burlesque Club, the venue that opened in Red Hook earlier this year, has dispensed with burlesque shows and turned into a seedy strip club, according to the Brooklyn Paper. While the club’s owner, David Ruggiero, promised it wouldn’t be “an adult establishment” when he went before Community Board 6 seeking a liquor license, the paper found women pole dancing and offering lap dances on a recent visit. Neighbors are also complaining about violence outside the club and say there was a recent incident in which patrons peed on nearby buildings. Folks who live nearby and were against the club’s opening in the first place because they feared it would become a strip joint are, of course, upset. A burlesque dancer who produced a couple of legit shows at the club when it was first open says Ruggiero “used our art form to justify peddling smut.” The article also notes that Paris is operating without a proper cabaret license.
Neighbors Irate Over Strip-Club Switcheroo [BK Paper]

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  • I understand that this is not what they signed on for and they are being deceived but the only thing they mentioned occurring outside the place is some people peeing, which happens everywhere. If they don’t want to see the pole dancing and lap dances then don’t go in!!!!!

  • All these prudes should move out and join me in the suburbs.

  • All these prudes should move out and join me in the suburbs.

  • “Ruggiero promised that he would offer “talent” such as live jazz, comedians, mimes and jugglers.”
    Mimes and jugglers??? Did they really believe this bull?

    “He stiffed her dancers”
    This made me giggle.

  • I can see from the photo that this club could be construed as an eyesore to the otherwise quaint, tree lined, idyllic street

  • Best headline on BS in a long time.

  • isn’t this part of that urban grit / authenticity / non-gentriified stuff that they signed up for by moving to Red Hook?

  • anyone who has gone in care to comment on the grade of talent in there, worth visiting, etc.?

  • LOL at your hetero strip clubs where you can’t touch anything!!!!!!!!

  • on the one hand, as a proper NIMBY i’d be totally ticked off.

    OTOH, i might need to undertake some personal due diligence of my own to authenticate the veracity of these outrageous claims. are we talking $1′s or $10′s to make it rain?

  • I am happy to say that I was right about this place all along. The burlesque ploy was so lame it is hard to believe that anyone fell for it.

  • Red Hook is not the burbs folks it is urban living. Stop acting as if you expect Red Hook to change just because you make six figures and say it should.

  • I posted this comment under the development watch for 438 4th ave. My post was deleted. Maybe I should have posted under the Quality of Life posts?
    Please explain. thanks

    This building has been a nightmare for the people who live on the block. I live several houses down from the site. When they first excavated it was during the summer. Dry as it was, dust from the site clogged our (brand new) AC units and had to be cleaned out and serviced. The serviceman asked if we a wood burning fire in the house because of the fine black soot clogging the AC. After the first construction stall they left it basically abandoned. The sidewalk for three winters was never swept, shoveled or cleared of ice. Several times I helped our mail woman get by the ice and snow. A poorly constructed fence routinely blew down. It was dark and very unsafe spot to walk by. A month ago a woman was nearly crushed when one of their cement trucks pulled out and right into her car damaging the front drivers door and scaring the crap out of her. The driver said he never saw her waiting to park her car while their flagman stood by and let it happen without even calling out to either driver. We are in for another 18? months of construction hell. They have someone camped out at the site overnight to probably avoid thieves stealing tools and etc… but my wife arrived home one night to say he was staring at the women who walked by. During the day up to a dozen large construction vans and pickup trucks double park on the street. I have had my truck (3 months old) sideswiped by a large truck because large trucks have to squeeze by the double parked vehicles. Thanks for the damage guys!
    The corner three buildings have all had cracks in their foundations. You want to be those home owners? I don’t think so. Aside from not being able to open my windows for the first year because of the dust, now I can’t open them still that they have started building on the site.
    Every morning Monday to Friday I no longer need to set my alarm as right on schedule they start banging and yelling like sailors. Doesn’t the developer have any sensitivity to the neighbors that are disrupted during the construction.

    Does anyone think a 12 story 40+ unit building should be built next to three story row houses? I certainly don’t.

    chef

  • I posted this comment under the development watch for 438 4th ave. My post was deleted. Maybe I should have posted under the Quality of Life posts?
    Please explain. thanks

    This building has been a nightmare for the people who live on the block. I live several houses down from the site. When they first excavated it was during the summer. Dry as it was, dust from the site clogged our (brand new) AC units and had to be cleaned out and serviced. The serviceman asked if we a wood burning fire in the house because of the fine black soot clogging the AC. After the first construction stall they left it basically abandoned. The sidewalk for three winters was never swept, shoveled or cleared of ice. Several times I helped our mail woman get by the ice and snow. A poorly constructed fence routinely blew down. It was dark and very unsafe spot to walk by. A month ago a woman was nearly crushed when one of their cement trucks pulled out and right into her car damaging the front drivers door and scaring the crap out of her. The driver said he never saw her waiting to park her car while their flagman stood by and let it happen without even calling out to either driver. We are in for another 18? months of construction hell. They have someone camped out at the site overnight to probably avoid thieves stealing tools and etc… but my wife arrived home one night to say he was staring at the women who walked by. During the day up to a dozen large construction vans and pickup trucks double park on the street. I have had my truck (3 months old) sideswiped by a large truck because large trucks have to squeeze by the double parked vehicles. Thanks for the damage guys!
    The corner three buildings have all had cracks in their foundations. You want to be those home owners? I don’t think so. Aside from not being able to open my windows for the first year because of the dust, now I can’t open them still that they have started building on the site.
    Every morning Monday to Friday I no longer need to set my alarm as right on schedule they start banging and yelling like sailors. Doesn’t the developer have any sensitivity to the neighbors that are disrupted during the construction.

    Does anyone think a 12 story 40+ unit building should be built next to three story row houses? I certainly don’t.

    chef