Why pay for a hotel room by the hour when you can get a dining room for free!
Empty restaurant sheds – derided by critics as shelters for the homeless, makeshift toilets and rat traps – now offer a place for steamy outdoor quickies.
A XXX-rated scene captured on video by a horrified Greenwich Village resident on his way to work on a recent morning shows a man and woman in a Cornelia Street dining shack getting dirty.
The woman is seen performing oral sex on her lover, who is lying on a suitcase with his head leaning against the plywood wall of the shed. A large open can of drink sits next to him during the romp.
When the woman realizes that she has been filmed, she stops what she is doing, raises her head and says: “No!
On the other side of the plywood barrier from the excited duo, a man passed out in a dining shed.
” I could not believe it. I was like ‘Oh my God!’ “said the resident who recorded the video and also saw the homeless people sleeping in the sheds or drug zones.
On Wednesday morning, he captured a couple kissing in a shed – the man wearing only shorts and trainers with his bare chest – and possibly preparing to do more.
“I didn’t stay to find out,” the resident said.
The city’s Open Restaurant program, which allowed dining sheds to proliferate at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to boost the struggling restaurant industry, is now being challenged in two lawsuits.
There are 12,556 restaurants in the program, which the city wants to make permanent. That effort is on hold while the city appeals an October 2021 lawsuit.
The latest complaint, filed last week, argues that the public health emergency measures that gave rise to the sheds have ended.
Jackson Heights resident Ricardo Pacheco, one of 35 plaintiffs in the action, is fed up saying, “The quality of life here has collapsed.”
Pacheco, 57, a retired NYPD officer, said some of the hangars turned into graffiti-covered dumping grounds. He said he saw a couple fooling around in June in a shed on Roosevelt Avenue, an area notorious for prostitution.
“Whatever people are doing inside, consenting adults or whatever, shouldn’t be happening in our neighborhood,” he said.
Another plaintiff, Deborah Gonzalez of the Lower East Side, said in an affidavit that the sheds exposed her to things she’d rather not see.
“These structures partially hide the urinating men, so when you walk past you are shocked and caught off guard,” she said.
Some sheds are apparently abandoned, like the one on Second Avenue in the East Village that houses a dirty mattress and trash. Others are seen in photos provided to The Post surrounded by trash bags, including on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village and in the Bronx.
Marcell Rocha, a Lower East Side resident, said in his lawsuit affidavit “The blocks are a swamp of VOMIT AND URINE every morning.”
“The spaces between the sheds are now public restrooms for anyone to urinate, vomit, take drugs, sleep and do whatever they want inside,” Rocha said.
He told the Post he saw a couple having sex in an Orchard Street shed last fall while out walking with friends who lived elsewhere who found it amusing.
“I was kind of like, ‘Come on, I live here. It’s no laughing matter,'” said Rocha, 42, a fashion designer.
Mayor Eric Adams said Monday he supports outdoor dining, but structures need to be standardized.