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NYC's Sex Spa grossing people out

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Schattenjäger

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http://nypost.com/2016/03/06/inside-the-sleezy-spa-where-everyone-has-underwater-sex/

By Christy Smith-Sloman March 6, 2016 | 2:39am
NYC’s ‘sex spa’ is grossing people out
One of the outdoor pools at the Queens Spa Castle.
The Spa Castle in Queens is billed as a sprawling, 22-pool Disneyland of soaks and steams.

But some patrons are anything but G-rated.

On Sunday mornings, an army of exotic dancers getting off their Saturday-night shifts descends on the complex — and it’s not to do laps in the Pool.


Spa Castle in Queens
During two recent visits, The Post found patrons in their birthday suits, groping each other, making out and having what appeared to be underwater sex.

Last Sunday, the clientele ranged in age from toddlers to octogenarians. But that did not stop a group of five heavily tattooed twenty-somethings from engaging in splashy sexcapades in the 2-foot-deep, heated wading pool on the second floor.

House music pulsing, one of the women stripped down naked and cheerfully played with her breasts while a woman in a yellow-fringe string bikini and a man looked on. A few minutes later the nude woman stood in front of the seated man while her hand jerked in and out of the water. A couple made out a few feet away.

A male member of the group wondered out loud if they should make a liquor-store run.

It was not yet 9 a.m.

“There is a big problem with customers having sex in the pools, and the management doesn’t know how to handle it,” said the staffer, speaking anonymously. “Practically every day, couples are caught having sex in the indoor and outdoor pools. They think they are being sly about it, but they’re not. When you see somebody on someone’s lap bouncing up and down and the jets aren’t turned on, you know what’s happening.”

For two decades, Chon’s forte was building and renovating Korean-run laundries and nail salons. But in 2005, the developer with champagne tastes purchased a ramshackle warehouse on 11th Avenue in College Point for $3.6 million. He envisioned it as a family friendly hotel-spa. The spa’s Facebook page has even described its mission to create a “light-hearted, family-oriented” ambience.

The community board promptly shot Chon down, “deriding the proposal as a thinly disguised ‘hot sheet’ establishment,” the Queens Gazette reported.

But Chon gained the support of then-Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who helped shepherd the project through a series of city approvals.

Today it is New York City’s largest spa, with 300,000 annual visitors and sales of “more than $20 million in recent years,” Chon told Inc.com. He opened a second Spa Castle in Texas in 2012 and a third on East 57th Street in Manhattan in 2014.

The $25 million, 100,000-square-foot complex offers 21 spa pools, a wading pool, hydrotherapy baths, high-tech steam rooms, 10 gold-tiled saunas and services like facials and body wraps.

‘In the outdoor pool I would see lots of girls sitting on guys’ laps and they would be bobbing up and down. It was pretty obvious they were having sex.’
- Whitney Ward, customer
After paying a $40 entry fee ($50 on weekends), clients don knee-length shorts and T-shirts — blue for men and hot pink for women — along with a watch that serves as both a locker key and charge card for food, drinks, massages and facials. For an extra $290, a client can book a private VIP room for a 90-minute massage that includes herb tea, cookies, fresh fruits and a 30-minute aromatic Jacuzzi.

The wading pool is where much of the action occurs. It’s heated and equipped with underwater jets and a swim-up bar. Drinks like the Spa-tini (gin, Chambord and pineapple juice) or the Brainstorm (rum, Disaronno and pineapple juice) run $18 a pop.


“I had to stop going on Saturdays because it was like a full-on, urban high-school orgy in the outdoor pool upstairs,” said Whitney Ward, a 42-year-old Manhattan photographer. “Under the water mushroom . . . in the outdoor pool I would see lots of girls sitting on guys’ laps and they would be bobbing up and down. It was pretty obvious they were having sex. I’ve also seen guys rubbing one out the wet way.”

One spa-goer saw a young girl smuggled into the men’s dressing room. “When she changed clothes, I was shocked to see breasts,” wrote a Yelp reviewer in November who identified himself as John l from Queens. “I did a double take. ‘What the hell?’ I covered up and told the staff, but they did nothing.”

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Alcotholic

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Ive actually been there many times in the past- on week days mind you, so i havent really seen sex going on. But im not surprised by this all. Ita still nasty as fuck.

You should also not post the whole article.
 

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Schattenjäger;197708433 said:
Another time I saw a guy and a girl in the upstairs pool who were in this massive lip-lock and fooling around in the water. When the guy came out of the pool, he had the biggest erection I had ever seen.

Sorry!
 

Yaboosh

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NY Post is such crap.

I love how they imply the spa killed an 84 year old.
 
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David Chan, 46, a Manhattan retail manager, said he saw two guys “rubbing each other off” in a steam sauna in the locker room. “Now I have this picture in my mind of other men’s sperm swimming around in the hot tubs,” Chan said. “This is supposed to be a place where you can bring your family.

 

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In December 2014, an 84-year old spa-goer was found dead at the bottom of one of Spa Castle’s outdoor hot tubs. An autopsy revealed he died of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, even though family members insisted he was in good health.

I don't know what to take away from this paragraph. Why mention that the family thinks he was in good health? Are we supposed to assume the spa is responsible for his death or something?
 

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Well duh, stop letting kids in maybe?

Actually near the end it mentions this kind of thing is illegal in New York. Pretty good example of why this shouldn't be illegal (they probably wouldn't be in the "family-friendly" pool if there was somewhere more suitable to go).
 

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Sounds like a great way to get a UTI
 

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I need to go and check out kayak for some flight deals. I'll be back. One second...
 

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Well duh, stop letting kids in maybe?

Actually near the end it mentions this kind of thing is illegal in New York. Pretty good example of why this shouldn't be illegal (they probably wouldn't be in the "family-friendly" pool if there was somewhere more suitable to go).
I would think there is a pretty good reason to have laws on the books just for public health reasons alone.

Seems highly unsanitary.
 

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The law isn't stopping people from doing it.
I thought the article mentioned the facilitation of this activity is illegal.

Now of course I guess you'd have to argue what is facilitation. I'd ask what has the management been doing to prevent sexual activities. Seems like they're not doing much to actually address anything?
 

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Having sex in front of people who have no interest in seeing you have sex is fucked up. Don't involve others in your sex life without their consent. It is basic stuff.
 

*Splinter

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I thought the article mentioned the facilitation of this activity is illegal.

Now of course I guess you'd have to argue what is facilitation. I'd ask what has the management been doing to prevent sexual activities. Seems like they're not doing much to actually address anything?
Places like this exist legally in the UK:

NSFW: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/this-is-what-a-night-in-essexs-top-swingers-spa-is-actually-like-349

I assume the existence of such places would (slightly) reduce this kind of thing in more family-oriented spas.


Edit: Also I meant the law isn't succesfully stopping people :p
 

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Having sex in front of people who have no interest in seeing you have sex is fucked up. Don't involve others in your sex life without their consent. It is basic stuff.

Pff... What about people who are not having sex in front of people who only want to see people have sex? Dont involve others in your sexless life without their consent.
 

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Places like this exist legally in the UK:

NSFW: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/this-is-what-a-night-in-essexs-top-swingers-spa-is-actually-like-349

I assume the existence of such places would (slightly) reduce this kind of thing in more family-oriented spas.

But hey it's America, so sex is literally the devil.
Oh I'm not opposed to this being legal. Do what you want for all I care. And you're right there being clear rules and regulations would be better so stuff like this doesn't occur in a free for all situation.

My main concern is the health aspect in a place where it isn't officially sanctioned. Are facilities being cleaned properly? What is being done to prevent potential unintended infections, etc?

Edit: Saw your edit. Fair enough lol. You're exactly right!
 

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Beyond the public sex, you can rent rooms where you and another are pretty much just there alone, in which case much sex is had. It's more or less expected. The times I've been there, never noticed anything going on in the pools.
 

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Places like this exist legally in the UK:

NSFW: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/this-is-what-a-night-in-essexs-top-swingers-spa-is-actually-like-349

I assume the existence of such places would (slightly) reduce this kind of thing in more family-oriented spas.

But hey it's America, so sex is literally the devil.


Edit: Also I meant the law isn't succesfully stopping people :p

I have sex clubs in the US city where I live where you can go legally have sex with people all over the club and people are fucking everywhere. There are even hot tubs. We're not all prude.
 

*Splinter

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I have sex clubs in the US city where I live where you can go legally have sex with people all over the club and people are fucking everywhere. There are even hot tubs. We're not all prude.
Sorry that comment was a bit unnecessary anyway, I'll take it out.
 

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"We open at 6 a.m., and lots of strippers come here after work to unwind,” an employee told The Post. “There’s lots of skinny dipping and the girls are making out with each other and partying. It looks like the set of a porn movie.
I can totally make a quick visit at 6 a.m., but the article did say I may get other people sperm on my body
 

LizardKing

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Sorry that comment was a bit unnecessary anyway, I'll take it out.

No worries I wasn't trying to come off as bothered but sometimes people think the US is a certain way throughout but it can be very different in different places.

That said, in general we are too conservative about sex and nudity.
 

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Eww, those disgusting sex spas! There's so many of them, though! Which one was this, what's the street address?

Edit: Oh it's mentioned in the article, awesome. I mean, eww!
 
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