Peterson Lewis didn’t return calls for comment by press time. According to Frank Tomassino, the video store’s counterman for more than 30 years, Peterson Lewis opposed adult uses on the block in the past.
Wolfe said he has also compiled 1,000 names on a petition in support of the club, and claimed the signatures are all of people living within Community Board 2. “She did it against Carousel in 1995 and West Side Gentlemen’s Club in 2011,” he said.
But Tomassino said adult uses, bars and clubs have been clustered around this block for decades.
Rising through the “gentlemen’s club” business, Wolfe, 37, went on to open up Scores clubs in other cities and become a regional manager. These small private rooms would be for from four to two people each — the rate for using the more exclusive two-person rooms would presumably be higher. He predicted that the club would draw about 100 patrons per day, who would typically spend anywhere from $300 to $1,500.
He left Scores in 2008 and operated a topless club in Vegas. Wolfe said that the club would have about 20 dancers per day, but since the strippers only work at this type of business one or two days a week, there would be a rotation of about 60 women. There would be a $20 cover charge and also a dress code.
He didn’t have the signatures with him on Tuesday, but said he planned to present them to C. Carousel club was a topless club that operated next door to the video store briefly.
Taking over the Carousel space, West Side Gentlemen’s Club was planned as a trendy nightclub with topless pole dancers — sort of an ironic, hipster gimmick, inspired by the Bada Bing Club in “The Sopranos.” But local youth sports leagues fought the West Side Gentlemen’s Club plan, saying it would be a harmful influence on youngsters walking to and from nearby Pier 40, located just on the other side of the West Side Highway. corner is one of the few actual spots where adult uses could go, since the rest of the stretch is monopolized by two massive properties — the St.
The place would have exterior signage on West St., he said, but in the form of a large painted sign of the place’s new name, Platinum. So far, despite Wolfe’s outreach efforts, there has been opposition, mainly from Morton Square, the 135-unit residential building at 100 Morton St. Wolfe said Morton Square held a meeting for its residents about the strip club on Sept. He had wanted to attend and make his presentation, but he said, Peter Berger, an attorney living at Morton Square who is leading the opposition, said they didn’t want him there.
The sign would be painted “in a classy way, not in a graffiti way — an artisty way,” he said. So that’s why Wolfe held his own community meeting two days later.
“What we want to do is upgrade this space,” he said, adding, “With alcohol, we can’t be open 24 hours.” He said he wants to reach out to the local youth sports leagues.
His security guards and surveillance cameras will make the street safer for the young athletes when they pass by, he maintained.
The West Side Gentlemen’s Club eventually gave up on kitschy kink and got its liquor license, and is now a sporadic disco that operates as an event space catering to fashionistas and others, but without topless dancing or stripper poles. John’s Center office building and the still-under-construction Department of Sanitation mega-garage.
Wolfe said the location is perfectly legal for adult use since it’s in an adult-use zone that was designated under Mayor Giuliani in 1997. A Queens native, Wolfe started out as a barback at Scores when he was 16. Blueprints for Platinum call for a central seating area with about 40 seats, ringing a main stage. Arrayed around the club’s edges would be about 20 so-called cabanas where patrons could enjoy socializing and private lap dances.
This would be his first solely owned high-end topless club. He said for the place’s other 15 or so jobs, he’d hire locally. Recognizing the tastes of some in the local community, he said he’s considering possibly having male strippers on Sunday nights to cater to a gay crowd.