NEW YORK – There were plenty of condoms but no masks at a sex club where 80 people were caught partying the night away without adhering to social distancing rules, the New York Sheriff’s Office said on November 22.
Deputies responding to a complaint Saturday night found people drinking, eating at a buffet and having sex at 40-19 20th Avenue in Astoria around midnight. Boxes of condoms were provided and three couples were engaged in sex in a small back room, the Sheriff's Office said.
The event was hosted by Caligula New York, which advertises itself as the “Hottest Swingers Club in New York.” Organizers were ticketed for violating pandemic rules and selling alcohol without a proper license. A telephone message seeking comment was left at Caligula New York, but there was no response at press time.
“The organization and its manager, Roy Bacoy of Woodside, Queens, face fines and charges, the sheriff’s office said, and one patron was also charged with disorderly conduct,” the New York Times reported, adding that “Bacoy could not immediately be reached for comment on Sunday.”
In Midtown Manhattan, another party was broken up at 2 AM Sunday by deputies who found over 120 people dancing, drinking and smoking hookah without masks or social distancing. The organizers, bouncers and a DJ were ticketed.
According to the Times, “around 11:30 PM on Saturday, authorities had begun observing a building at 260 W. 36th St. in Midtown Manhattan,” and “they watched about 75 people enter through a service entrance as security guards directed attendees indoors and attempted to keep crowds outside small to avoid attracting attention, the sheriff’s office said.”
“About two and a half hours later, deputies went up to the building’s third floor and found more than 120 guests who were buying and drinking alcohol, smoking hookah and dancing, the sheriff’s office said,” the Times reported, adding that “five people — the organizer, a bartender, a DJ and two security guards — face fines and charges including the unauthorized warehousing of alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office.”
The party’s organizer, Ioannis Chatiris of Manhattan, could not be reached for comment, the Times reported.
“Some recent large gatherings in the city have spurred outbreaks of the virus,” the Times reported, adding that “in late October, Long Island health officials rushed to curb an outbreak in Suffolk County when dozens of people tested positive after attending a Sweet 16 party in September.”
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.