Ridge strip club is just a tease

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Where are the girls?

A new bar that many believed would be a strip club thanks to its sign heralding “exotic dancers” finally opened on Fourth Avenue last week — with no sign of anything exotic.

Nonetheless, the new “Club Shadows” received two citations — for having flies in a liquor bottle and for a failure to change the name on the liquor license, said City Councilman Vince Gentile (D-Bay Ridge).

Gentile had led the initial charge against the club, and encouraged state liquor enforcement officers and New York’s Finest to attend the grand opening last Thursday.

“Two violations is something you wouldn’t expect from a club on its grand opening,” Gentile said. “I will be watching Club Shadows closely.”

But manager Joseph Domovsky was gloating even more.

“Sorry, you aren’t going to find any naked ladies here,” Domovsky said, leading the media hoardes on a tour. “Have a look for yourself, we don’t even have dressing rooms.”

Domovsky claims the entire affair — which started when he put the “exotic dancers” sign outside the bar several weeks ago — was “an innocent misunderst­anding” and reaffirmed his intent to have “a club Bay Ridge can be proud of.”

The misunderstanding may not have been so innocent: The opening drew plenty of camera crews, and Domovsky was more than happy to sit for interviews.

“Thank you,” he said. “I can’t buy press like this.”

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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