An Albany-area strip club’s attempt to contort its way around New York State tax law appear to be for naught, after the state’s highest court rejected its claim to tax exempt status yesterday.
Latham, N.Y.-based Nite Moves sought to avoid paying state taxes on door fees and private dances, arguing that its nude acts should be exempted under the same tax code that applies to Broadway shows and other choreographed dance performances.
You can credit the effort, and three of the seven justices on the State Court of Appeals did, including Associate Justice Robert S. Smith, who wrote in his dissent (H/t: WSJ) that he would be “appalled if the State were to exact from Hustler a tax that The New Yorker did not have to pay, on the ground that what appears in Hustler is insufficiently ‘cultural and artistic.’”
Best Laid Plans
We often think that zoning codes, the string theory of our cities big and small, as shaping every inch of the built environment. But really, zoning is more like the mold into which we pour our hopes and desire. Emphasis on desire.
The Times reports that a zoning law meant to bar smut sellers and strip joints from residential neighborhoods has been struck down in court. It used to be common for shops to carry a mix of licit and illicit goods, pretending, life those softcore flicks on Cinemax, that it wasn’t what it really was.
As rallying cries go, “Artista, Erotica, Utopia!” is among the more ludicrous, especially for an underground pop-up strip club, where eager young women perform awkward erotic dance routines for a members-only crowd of well-off young gentlemen.
Tales of The Recession
Thanks to increased public scrutiny in the era of bailouts, SEC investigations and other forms of government inquiry, newcomers to Wall Street’s top firms aren’t getting the classy treatment they used to, according to this Businessweek trend piece on the death of “sell night.”
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Rival operators appear to be scavaging over what’s left of the bankrupt Scores empire.
Robert Gans, owner of Manhattan’s Penthouse Executive Club, has applied for a liquor license at the former Scores West strip club at 533-535 West 27th Street.
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