It's Curtains for Little Italy's Little Charlie's; Bowie-Backed Burlesque Show Replacing It!


It's official. Sting, David Bowie and club owner Ivan Kane have finally gone to contract to bring Kane's burlesque show Forty Deuce to New York. Late yesterday, the trio signed on with New York Commercial Realty's James Famularo to open Kane's Las Vegas-based show at 19 Kenmare Street in the space that currently houses Little Charlie's Clam House. The contract is for approximately 5,500 square feet on the basement and first floor.

"Sting and David Bowie are direct partners," Mr. Famularo told The Observer. "They are going to be involved in the creative process."

Forty Deuce is a burlesque show that Kane started in Las Vegas in 2002. He has since opened a branch in Los Angeles, and has been in talks to bring the show to New York for some time.

As The Observer reported last week, David Zahabian purchased the 14,000-square-foot, six-story building at 19 Kenmare on April 30 for approximately $10 million. There were questions as to whether Little Charlie's, a neighborhood institution, would survive the acquisition.

"This will take the place of Little Charlie's," Mr. Famularo said. "It will be Kane's performance space with tiered seating and a stage for the girls."

Forty Deuce hopes to open its doors by fall of 2007.

UPDATE: A public deed filed on May 14 shows 19 Kenmare sold for $7.5 million.