March 10 - 16, 2011
ANTI-TOPLESS SQUEEZE PLAY:
Local Little Leaguesare calling foul on a topless nightspot MystiqueGentlemen’s Club that’s trying to get a liquor licensereportedly to “expand” its operations at 75 Clarkson St.That’s right near Pier 40 at West Houston St., hallowedhome of the co-ed kids’ leagues’ main playing ﬁ eld. Thepresidents of both the Greenwich Village Little Leagueand the Downtown Little League wrote protest letters tothe State Liquor Authority earlier this month right beforean agency hearing on the license application. “Each andevery day, hundreds of children will walk by this estab-lishment on their way to baseball practices, games andclinics as part of our after-school baseball programs thatbegin at 4 p.m. for the younger divisions and often end at10 p.m. for the older divisions,” G.V.L.L.’s
wrote, adding, “We are very concerned that granting aliquor license to a strip club in the midst of the busiestintersection of children’s outdoor activities in DowntownManhattan will make our family-oriented neighborhoodand, most importantly, our children less safe, many of whom walk to and from practice at Pier 40 on their own.”Added
of D.L.L. in his own letter to theS.L.A., “Expanding Mystique would expose those kids tosexualized ‘red light district’ imagery, rowdy partygoersand alcohol consumption. Surely there is a better locationfor such an establishment than right across from a princi-pal youth park and family recreation area.” We happenedto be walking down Clarkson St. ourselves a few weeksago (no, we weren’t planning to go see a strip show!) andnoticed that 75 Clarkson St. which had been a stripjoint since a few years before the Pier 40 courtyard ballﬁ eld opened was closed and its windows covered withnewspaper. It was called the Carousel club in its stripclub heyday, if we recall correctly, but the name on thedoor was now “Santa’s Luncheonette.” We checked nextdoor at the XXX-rated video store to see what we couldﬁ nd out. The cashier there told us she’d heard the plan isindeed to have stripping at the new club with separategay and straight nights but only a few nights a week,and that it would be “a normal dance club” the rest of the time. She said the two partners behind the new hotspot, “Matt and Carlos,” have gotten some good press as“hip young entrepreneurs,” and suggested we check onlinefor articles about them. Well, it turns out Matt and Carlosare none other than
,the guys behind The Jane Ballroom, and that the name of their planned quasi-nouveau burlesque club is Westway.They’re known for a couple of things: namely, their placesbeing super-cool “destination clubs” and also theirbeards. Describing Westway’s intended vibe, Quirarte toldWomen’s Wear Daily: “The fact that it is a topless, go-godance place is secondary. It’s the same way that music issort of in the background. That’s how we think of it.” Oras Guest of a Guest New York Web site described it, they’rejust trying to do an ironic take on “the whole Bada BingT&A thing.” But the only “Bada Bing” you might hear atPier 40 is the wholesome baseball chatter when a batter’sup and his or her teammates are cheering for a little “BadaBing,” as in a base hit. And the only “T&A” the LittleLeagues want to know from are T-ball and the A’s. In short,Matt and Carlos could end up looking like real “boobs,” if they follow through with this overly “titillating” plan.
CAN’T GET NO SCOOPY SATISFACTION:
A RollingStones fan begs to differ with
’s dig inlast week’s Scoopy’s Notebook that “vandalizing publicwalls must run in the family” for
and hismodel daughter
, who was busted last week forgraffiti and drug possession in Soho. A California womanposting a comment on our Facebook page (“The VillagerNewspaper”) as “rubytuesday” writes, “Au contraire,Keith Richards wasn’t arrested for the petrol stationincident in 1964.
and BrianJones were.” Sweeney had been referring to Page 253 of
’s 1993 “Keith Richards: The Biography,”where Richards is quoted boasting, “We’re still the onlyrock and roll band busted for peeing on a wall.” Whenwe told Soho activist Sweeney of “rubytuesday”’s com-ments, he conceded, “Indeed it was a petrol station andI don’t remember who was and who wasn’t specificallyarrested. Richards says ‘we’ in referring to the arrest inhis bio. But your commenter seems certain.”
TALKIN’ WITH TRIGGER:
We were walking up theBowery around 2 a.m. a couple of Thursdays ago andespied the distinctive hat of
, as he was hangingout in front of the Bowery Electric. He said he had juststopped by to say hi to his pal rocker
, who isa partner in the E. Second St. club. As we strolled withthe bamboo-hatted bar owner back to his Continental,near St. Mark’s Place, he strenuously denied chargesthat he has a racially discriminatory door policy. “I havea dress code I don’t discriminate,” he explained. “Weturn away white trash and ‘Jersey Shore’ types. I want mybread-and-butter crowd my college kids and neighbor-hood people to feel safe there. I don’t like extrememachoism, the gangsterism to me this is over thetop.” No-no’s as far as he’s concerned are “saggy, baggyjeans…bling.” Trigger invited us into his bar and downto the place’s former green room, where legendary punkbands like the Ramones and the Dictators used to hangout, where he fished out a letter from the city’s HumanRights Commission stating that a previous, similar com-plaint had been dismissed. Passing through the place,we observed that the crowd of roughly 25 twentysome-things was about 30 to 40 percent African-American.“I can’t possibly have orchestrated it,” Trigger said of the patrons’ racial diversity, adding, “There are alwayspeople of color in my bar.” On a less serious subject,we asked him the question that many, no doubt, havewondered about: What’s the story of the hat? “I got it inVietnam 10 years ago. Stayed with it. Girls like it,” he
Photo by Scoopy
Trigger strikes a prayerful pose.
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