Combat Zone

Combat Zone

By - 7/15/14 - 2:58 pm

A stripper new to Boston got herself and Centerfolds on Lagrange Street in trouble when she gave a customer an intimate neck rub - just as Boston Police detectives were conducting a surprise inspection.

Det. William Gallagher told the Boston Licensing Board this morning he had just gotten to the club's third-floor Champagne Room - where customers can pay for more personalized attention - around 12:35 a.m. on May 19, when he saw a "substantially unclothed" employee blatantly violate city ordinances that require a minimum two-foot separation at all times between strip-club workers en deshabille and customers:

By - 5/16/14 - 8:53 am

The Wall Street Journal has a nice overview of all the new residential projects attracting rich white people to the Washington Street corridor that starts this way:

New high-rise developments are transforming the neighborhood once called 'the Combat Zone'

By - 8/27/13 - 12:54 pm

The Glass Slipper, one of downtown Boston's two remaining strip clubs, has fired seven strippers since June, when workers found one of the women nearly unconscious from an apparent cocaine overdose in a club bathroom, one of its owners says.

Michael Bennett, co-owner of the Combat Zone remnant on Lagrange Street, told the Boston Licensing Board this morning that several strippers tried slipping drugs into the club even after he ordered doormen to check all employees' bags following the June 29 incident.

By - 2/26/13 - 1:22 pm

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.

At a hearing this morning, a club manager and a Boston police officer said the fight, on Oct. 27, stemmed from a dispute over locker space in the dancers' locker room.

By - 8/15/12 - 11:50 am

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.

By - 8/8/12 - 7:52 am

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.

By - 12/8/11 - 5:14 pm

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.

By - 12/6/11 - 11:53 am

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.

By - 12/4/11 - 9:54 am

Construction in the Combat Zone

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?

By - 7/17/11 - 12:00 pm

Trying to post in here. This will be the 4th try.

By - 6/8/10 - 11:53 am

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.

By - 2/12/10 - 12:37 pm

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.

By - 8/20/08 - 11:33 pm

Video report on the decline and fall of the Combat Zone by A Chinatown Banquet (which has also posted other videos on Chinatown and its history):

Combat Zone visitors and workers reminisce.

By - 8/28/07 - 3:57 pm

No, she's not down on her luck or slumming, just filming a scene for a movie. As opposed to Debra Messing, who was over on Newbury Street filming a scene for a movie.

By - 5/4/07 - 10:21 am

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!" ...

By - 10/12/06 - 4:02 pm

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. ...