Via NY Post
Biker Andrew Katzander is taking pole dancing to the streets – on the back of his pimped-out pedicab.
The 44-year-old, a landscaper by day, pedals his racy rickshaw while a sexy dancer shimmies up and down a shiny 8-foot metal pole on a neon-lit platform attached to the back of the bike.
The PoleRider, as he calls it, is already stopping traffic. In one case, he said, cops briefly pulled him over in Times Square.
Katzander says he got the idea as he biked past the Hustler strip club in Midtown a few months ago. He wants it to become a $300 per hour party gag.
“It was like two and two makes five. It just came to me like that,” said the Upper West Sider.
The avid mountain biker says he put his “crazy idea” to the test after he asked a couple of industrial-design pals from Pratt Institute to help him pimp his ride for the Halloween Parade.
The feedback was so overwhelming, he turned it into a business.
At an eye-popping $300 for the first hour (and $200 after that), Katzander hopes his PoleRider will be a hit at bachelor parties.
Coming soon, he’s promised a car hitch for hot-to-trot clients, so customers can be pulled behind the pole and “can start partying right away,” he said.
It’s not often that I give out free business advice, but we are coming up on the holiday season and for some reason I’m in a giving mood (maybe someone slipped a birth control pill in my beer last night). So when I first saw this article on the traveling pole dancing show, I thought it was great. That was until I saw the fat $300 price tag attached to it.
Now this may seem like a cool gag to pull on someone, but given that there is no nudity, grouping or cheesy stripper sales talk (you know, the kind where they try and talk you into the Champagne Room) you won’t get $300 an hour for this.
My suggestion to Andrew is to attach another cart to behind the stage (as he mentioned in the article), and go for high volume sales instead. I’d be surprised if you couldn’t get $40 per city block by providing a means of transportation along with a semi-peep show at the same time. The best part about it, besides that money and getting to hang out with hot chicks, is that you don’t need to bust your ass getting people from point A to point B. The slower you go, the happier your customers will be.
So the other part of this story, and really she should be the focus of it, is the talent. 25 year old Marlo Fisken is the firey dancer in the picture above, and luckily I was able to find some more pictures of her.