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02.12.14 Andy Cush

The saga of is-stripping-art-or-isn’t-it continues this week, as Administrative Law Judge Donna Gardiner ruled that Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club must pay $2.1 million in back sales taxes. The club hadn’t been charging tax on dances, arguing that they constitute “artistic performance.” The court disagreed. This isn’t the first time this has come up. In 2012, the Albany […]

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09.11.13 Andy Cush

Breaking news: stripping is a real  job! And people who do it in NYC deserve the same protective laws as any other laborers in the city, a federal judge just ruled. Dancers at Midtown’s Rick’s Cabaret filed a class action lawsuit against the club, arguing that they were “denied wages and required to pay a […]

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10.23.12 Marina Galperina

After some legal deliberations, an Albany court has finally made a decision about whether or not lap dances are “dramatic art performances” and therefore tax-exempt. The decision is a “nay.” It also poses some “significant constitutional problems.” The court was “sharply divided” in a 4-3 split. See, it’s not really legally legit to be distinguishing between […]

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09.06.12 Bucky Turco

That’s an issue New York’s Court of Appeals will soon decide. An Albany strip club is arguing that it shouldn’t have to pay sales taxes on lap dances due to an exemption in the law for “dramatic or musical arts performances,” reports Newsday. An attorney for the state disagrees and says that dances must be […]

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08.31.12 Andy Cush

It’s often lamented that New York City, as it becomes ever-safer and more tourist-friendly, is losing sight of the grittiness and life that made it an interesting city in the first place. Yesterday, the State Supreme Court gave old New York a rare win in the fight against gentrification and cleanliness, ruling unconstitutional a set of […]

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01.26.11 Marina Galperina

Filmmaker Leilah Weinraub spent six years documenting what goes down at Shakedown and the genesis of queer strip clubs of Los Angeles. The doc explores three women’s lives, how “work forms identity” and why you have to “bring something” if you enter the scene. […]

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03.17.10 Bucky Turco

As the city continues to try and legislate morality, a Queens strip club says they’re being unfairly targeted, again. Scandals in Long Island City filed a lawsuit to challenge the rapidly altered zoning laws that have already forced them to move twice in their long history and the new requirements that could shut them down […]

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08.31.09 Will Sherman

Booted out of the Rouge Gentlemen’s Club, a Queens strip club enthusiast sought revenge by beating the crap out of himself and blaming it on the bouncer. Unfortunately for Khuram Murtaza’s poorly planned plot, surveillance cameras caught the 34-year-old smashing his face against a parked car outside, resulting in police charges him for filing a […]

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08.25.09 Will Sherman

While attempting to interview relatives of an underage teenager discovered dancing at a Florida strip club, a TV news team found themselves staring down a hoe. The 15-year-old’s grandmother answered the door swinging the garden tool and even managed to nail the cameraman who luckily kept rolling. Video after the jump. […]

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06.22.09 Will Sherman

Strip clubs are in cahoots with pedicab drivers! In a 116-word investigation by no less than 3 writers, the Post discovers Rick’s Cabaret in Midtown is using the same exact tactics every strip club in the world has been using with taxicab drivers for eons: advertisements, free passes for passengers and rewards (“free meals and […]

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