Why pay for a hotel room by the hour when you can get a dining shed for free!
Empty restaurant sheds — derided by critics as shelters for the homeless, makeshift toilets, and rat traps — now offer a place for raunchy outdoor quickies.
An XXX-rated scene captured on video by a horrified Greenwich Village resident a recent morning shows a man and woman getting dirty in an eating shack on Cornelia Street.
The woman performs oral sex with her lover, who is lying on a suitcase with his head leaning against the plywood wall of the shed. A tall, open soda can stands next to him while he’s romping around.
When the woman realizes she was being filmed by the camera, she pauses, lifts her head and says, “No!”
On the other side of the plywood barrier from the horny couple, a man passes out in a pantry.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘Oh my God!’ said the resident who took the video and also saw the homeless make beds in the sheds or get drugged.
He caught a couple snogging in a shed on Wednesday morning – the man was wearing only shorts and trainers with his chest bare – and was perhaps preparing to do more.
“I didn’t stay to find out,” the resident said.
The city’s Open Restaurant program, which allowed food stalls to proliferate early in the COVID-19 pandemic to boost the ailing restaurant industry, is now being challenged in two lawsuits.
12,556 restaurants are in the program, which the city wants to perpetuate. Those efforts are on hold while the city appeals an October 2021 lawsuit.
The latest lawsuit, filed last week, argues that the public health emergency response that led to the dandruff is over.
Jackson Heights resident Ricardo Pacheco, one of 35 plaintiffs in the lawsuit, is fed up and says, “The quality of life here has gone down the drain.”
Pacheco, 57, a retired NYPD officer, said some of the sheds have turned into graffiti-covered garbage dumps. He said he saw a couple having fun in a shed on Roosevelt Avenue, an area known for prostitution, in June.
“Whatever people are doing in there, whether they’re consenting adults or whatever, it 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 would rather not see.
“These structures partially hide the urinating men. So when you walk by, you’re shocked and unprepared,” she said.
Some sheds appear to be abandoned, like one on Second Avenue in the East Village that houses a dirty mattress and garbage. Others can be seen in photos provided to The Post surrounded by garbage bags, including on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village and in the Bronx.
Lower East Side resident Marcell Rocha said in his affidavit, “The blocks are EARNINGS AND URINE SWAMPS every morning.”
“The spaces between the sheds are now public restrooms where anyone can urinate, throw up, do drugs, sleep and do whatever else they want,” Rocha said.
He told the Post he saw a couple having sex in a shed on Orchard Street last autumn when he was walking by with friends who lived elsewhere and found it amusing.
“I was kind of like, ‘Come on, I live here. It’s no laughing matter,” said Rocha, 42, a fashion stylist.
Mayor Eric Adams said Monday he supports al fresco dining but that structures need to be standardized.
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