One of the outdoor pools at the Queens Spa Castle. The Spa Castle in Queens is billed as a sprawling, pool Disneyland of soaks and steams. But some patrons are anything but G-rated. It looks like the set of a porn movie. 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 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. He envisioned it as a family-friendly hotel-spa.
But Chon gained the support of then-Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who helped shepherd the project through a series of city approvals. It was pretty obvious they were having sex. The wading pool is where much of the action occurs.
There is also a kiddie pool, and the steamy behavior often occurs even as children roam the grounds. The exterior of the Queens Spa Castle A. Bunny, 63, a retired nurse from the East Village, said he was once propositioned. When the guy came out of the pool, he had the biggest erection I had ever seen. Messages and emails seeking comment from the spa and its owner on the allegations of sexual activity were not returned. Between and , the Health Department cited Spa Castle for 49 violations, including failure to post signs prohibiting discharge of bodily fluids in pools.
In January , a Manhattan outpost of Spa Castle, Premier 57 Spa, was shut down by health inspectors for operating without a license. An autopsy revealed he died of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, even though family members insisted he was in good health.