A stripper who reported two days early to her new job at the Glass Slipper on Lagrange Street never got a chance to strut her stuff. Instead, she wound up under arrest after a bruising battle with a waitress that left both with cuts and the club having to answer to the Boston Licensing Board.
One of the two men shot at the Glass Slipper on LaGrange Street a week ago remains hospitalized in critical condition - and needed emergency surgery yesterday - a Boston Police detective said today.
Sgt. Det. Michael Talbot, other police officers and the owner and some workers at the Glass Slipper testified today at a hearing by the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on the Aug. 8 shooting, allegedly by Steven Gayle of Jamaica Plain.
UPDATE: Suspect identified as Steven Gayle, 35, of Jamaica Plain.
This morning, blood stains the sidewalk outside the Glass Slipper, a Combat Zone holdover on LaGrange Street, where two people were shot around closing time today.
NECN reports one victim was shot in the head, the other in the chest. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports a prosecutor from the homicide unit was assigned just in case.
The DA's office adds a suspect was arrested moments after the shooting and that he is expected to be arraigned sometime today in Boston Municipal Court.
The Boston Licensing Board today ordered the Glass Slipper to shut down for two days as penance for the horizontal lap dance a police detective found a dancer giving a customer early on Oct. 27.
The club, one of two strip clubs left in the Combat Zone, gets to pick when it wants to shut down.
At a hearing on Tuesday, a club manager said he was as surprised as anyone to discover the customer was lying on a couch pawing the dancer as she ground on top of him, in direct violation of a city ordinances against customer/dancer contact in general and butt grabbing in particular. The customer paid $300 for the performance in one of the club's third-floor private-party rooms; the dancer lost her job over the extra work.
A stripper caught by Boston Police detectives as she writhed on top of a patron at the Glass Slipper on LaGrange Street no longer works at the club, a manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.
Det. William Gallagher told the board that during a routine inspection around 1 a.m. on Oct. 27, he and another detective found a male patron lying on a couch on the club's third floor, a dancer on top of him, his hands gripping her buttocks. That violated state and city regulations, including Adult Entertainment regulation 1C, which specifically forbids customers from being allowed to grab a dancer's buttocks. Gallagher said the customer had paid $300 for the dance.
Glass Slipper manager Nicholas Germano did not dispute Gallagher's account of the $300 "private party" in a room set up for private parties.
Germano said dancers are told of the relevant regulations. Normally, a first violation results in a warning, but in this case, "it was so flagrant that we dismissed her immediately" after the club got a copy of Gallagher's report, he said.
Last year, club managers accepted similar responsibility for a similar lap dance.
The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take about the infraction.
Construction has finally begun on a luxury tower at Washington and LaGrange streets. Once it's completed, how long do you think Centerfolds and the Glass Slipper - the Combat Zone's last two strip clubs - can hold out before their buildings are torn down for a high rise?
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And the Glass Slipper on LaGrange Street agrees, telling the Boston Licensing Board this morning that it had no excuse for the way a stripper, clad only in a G string, was giving a customer a lap dance on May 9.
Boston Police Det. Kevin McGill uncovered the violation while conducting a routine inspection of the strip joint. He said he and Sgt. John Devaney went up to the third-floor lounge to find a number of patrons as well as female employees in "various stages of dress," which is fine. But then their attention was drawn to the near naked woman sitting in a patron's lap "making physical contact with the patron," which is a no-no under city regulations. McGill said a club manager immediately put an end to the up-close performance.
"There's no touching, there's no touching, just no touching," board Chairman Daniel Pokaski chided club managers this morning. Pokaski, who acknowledged the need for "an upscale, high-end gentleman's club in a major city," said he did not want to go back to the bad old days of the Combat Zone. "We don't need that," he said. "Train your staff."
Club managers agreed.
If you're interested in the history of Boston's old Combat Zone, check out this photo exhibit at the Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. The opening reception is tonight from 6 to 8 pm, and the exhibit will be up through March 16.
'The prostitutes from the Combat Zone establishments would actually stop the cars by standing in front of them'By adamg - 8/20/08 - 11:33 pm
Jon Hammond was an organist at Combat Zone clubs, back when the clubs still had live music (back when there were still clubs, period). He remembers those days (scroll down to the last entry, although there are other comments from Combat Zone veterans there):
... If the Strippers didn't like a tune they would let you know about it right away, usually by coming over to the organ and saying "I can't dance to that!" ...
Some people have fond memories of Boston's (now mostly paved under) adult entertainment zone. See the most recent comments toward the bottom of this Combat Zone defintion, from a dancer, a waitress and a guy whose father managed one of the lounges:
... The people that worked in and owned the strip joints, bars, book stores, and other places were mostly all hard working individuals trying to make a living. We paid our taxes and contributed to society. ...