Legendary drag club Boots & Saddle finally snagged community board approval last night for a new location just south of Sheridan Square, reports DNAinfo. The 40 year old club has been looking for a new home for several months, but was turned down at two other locations by neighbors who said they were concerned about noise from the club and about children being exposed to drag performers. One neighbor told the community board last night: "They have quite a few patrons who get belligerent, aggressive when they have a few...In addition to the folks who come out in costume and parade around...This is not something that we are comfortable with in this area."
Still, the board voted passed the measure that would let Boots & Saddle move into 100 7th Avenue South, the old Actor's Playhouse, a subterranean space with no neighbors living upstairs. The original plans for the relocation included making the club more of a restaurant with a performance space, but that idea will likely have to change, since there's only a small, ill-equipped kitchen. The final ruling about a liquor license for the space is still in the hands of the SLA, but the landlord hopes to have a lease signed by December. In the meantime, Boots & Saddle is still open in its original space on Christopher Street.