Just in time for the Super Bowl, New York City will finally be able to answer that age-old question: Just how many strippers can you fit on a 25-foot pole?
The answer: at least three.
Promising never-before-seen heights of eroticism, the new Vivid Cabaret in Midtown boasts this 7.6-meter steel stake, more than twice as tall as other stripper poles in Fun City.
“It’s sturdy enough and long enough to do all the tricks I know,” said Vivid Cabaret dancer Carlie, 22. “There are a lot of clubs, but the poles are never big enough to do all the tricks I’ve learned.”
The club had its “soft opening” this week, with an official G-string cutting on Jan. 29 — timed to the opening of “Super Bowl Boulevard,” the NFL’s strip of Broadway from 34th to 47th Sts.
The football fan fest has the Lombardi Trophy — but given the cabaret’s location at W. 37th St. and Sixth Ave., it’s likely many football fans will mosey in for a gander at another piece of metallic eye candy: the lengthy rod running from the ceiling to floor.
To the uninitiated, stripper poles are a time-honored ecdysiast accoutrement, tracing their origins to Indian mallakhamb, a 12th-century gymnastic activity that employed a vertical wooden beam.
At a strip club — and this is in dancer Carlie’s words, mind you — audience members can fantasize that they are the pole around which the dancer, typically a young, physically fit and sexually aggressive female, is wrapped.
The dancer is never naked, of course, because state law forbids nudity when alcohol is served. But state law doesn’t cover fantasy.
And booze is available, the better to create the proper environment for that other great manly pursuit: football.
Vivid Cabaret manager Shaun Kevlin says a number of professional athletes have already reserved tables for Super Bowl game day, Feb. 2. He declined to name names (of course), but he did spout numbers: The club has a dozen big TVs, including one 20-foot projection screen.
The new club is a partnership between Rick’s Cabaret, a national chain of strip clubs listed on NASDAQ, and Vivid Entertainment, a major player in adult-film production.
It seems likely that the mammary mast will help Rick’s stock price, which is already at about $11, up from about $8.50 a year ago.
Vivid brings more than a long staff to the partnership: Thanks to its main business, there will be a steady stream of porn stars a-twirl on that mega-pole, including Tera Patrick on opening night.
Lest eyes wander to the game, Vivid Cabaret dancer Evelyn vows to bring them back to the steel shaft in the center of the room.
“I don’t really have a favorite team," she says, "but if any team wins, I’ll take my dress off.”
Fortunately, the Super Bowl can’t end in a tie.