RED HOOK, NY (PIX11)—"Paris Cabaret" finally opened after the owner lobbied the neighborhood and local leaders with promises to focus on cheeky but generally PG-13 entertainment, including jugglers and jazz.
Kiki Valentine, a burlesque show producer, also helped push for the establishment at 18 Commerce street in a neighborhood that's a residential/industrial mix: "He had some great ideas about what he wanted to do with the club, but afterwards, though, none of those thoughts materialized and it was more of a strip club than a burlesque club."
Residents took their complaints about the club to Community Board 6, saying it is no longer quiet -- with loud, techno parties, and even a Halloween party called "A Nightmare on Commerce Street." Some residents also say some of the people who have visited the club are leaving the club at night and urinating right on their doorstep.
Andrew van den Houten "It's a family neighborhood, you have some of the projects over here, cruise ships come on over here, just to think that they have a new strip club in this neighborhood, is kinda funny."
And while other residents were nonplussed by the news of the burlesque club putting in a runway and steel pole, Kiki Valentine says that had she known what it would turn into, she might not have supported its efforts at the outset: "Do I think a strip club is appropriate? If you're going to do it, do it, and see what people say. But don't say you're going to open a candy shop but what you're really opening is a gun shop. You know, it's kind of a bait and switch."