Aces ‘stripped’ of li­cense, so it folds

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY THOMAS TRACY ttracy@ny­dai­

DANCERS AT the Aces Gen­tle­men’s Club in Queens are hang­ing up their clear heels now that the trou­bled jig­gle joint has closed af­ter los­ing a bat­tle with the State Liquor Author­ity, au­thor­i­ties said.

The Long Island City strip club an­nounced its fate on Instagram as it thanked fans for their pa­tron­age.

“The Aces fam­ily would like to thank ev­ery­one, staff, pa­trons and man­age­ment, for one hell of a run,” the mes­sage reads. “There will never be an­other Aces New York.”

Crit­ics of the club hope those words prove true.

“It’s a nice suc­cess for the com­mu­nity to get this kind of estab­lish­ment and a source of com­mu­nity un­rest shut down, but we have to re­main vig­i­lant,” said Sen. Michael Gia­naris (D-Queens), who had been try­ing to get the strip club closed for months. “There are al­ready re­ports that they are try­ing to re­open un­der a pseu­do­nym. They keep try­ing to change the name, but no one is go­ing to fall for that. We are go­ing to stay on top of shenani­gans like that.”

The SLA or­dered Aces’ liquor li­cense ter­mi­nated in April. Un­der a se­ries of dif­fer­ent names, the club ac­crued mas­sive fines dat­ing back to 2012.

Po­lice sources said that Aces has been closed for sev­eral days, ever since a judge re­fused to or­der a stay on the SLA’s de­ci­sion to re­voke their liquor li­cence.

While the judge de­lib­er­ated, club own­ers went to Com­mu­nity Board 2 in Queens hop­ing to get a new li­cence un­der a dif­fer­ent name, but board mem­bers turned them down.

On May 14, 2016, a fight broke out in­side the club af­ter a woman poured a drink over a pa­tron’s head about 3:30 a.m., ac­cord­ing to cops. When the fight spilled out­side, some­one pulled a gun and opened fire into a crowd, strik­ing a pa­tron in the foot, of­fi­cials said.

“(This) sucks!” wrote Twit­ter user­quette. “Aces was the best strip club out there! Ev­ery other one looks and smells hor­ri­ble.”

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