SHOCKING video shows NYC dining sheds turn into sleazy rat-infested sex dens

SHOCKING video shows NYC dining sheds turn into sleazy rat-infested sex dens
A couple was seen being intimate at a dining shed in New York City (L), while a homeless man was also spotted sleeping (R) in the video (Screenshot/New York Post video)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Dining sheds in NYC, laden with rat traps, have become make-shift toilets and places to get intimate. It was shocking to witness that these spots have become safe havens for couples to have quickies and make out. A video captured by a Greenwich Village resident, who was heading out to work, indicated a man and woman in a Cornelia Street dining hut making out in the cozy space, according to the New York Post.

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The woman was seen performing oral sex in the video and when she realized she is being captured on the camera, she raised her head and said, “No!" Along with the couple, a man can be seen passed out in the dining shed on the other side of the plywood barrier.

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On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, the resident captured a couple kissing in the shed. However, the man wore only shorts and sneakers with his chest bare in public. The resident who took the video stated, "I just couldn’t believe it. I was like Oh my God!" When asked about further developments, he said, “I didn’t stay to find out."

The city's Open Restaurant program, which aimed at boosting the restaurant industry during the lockdown period, is now being challenged in two lawsuits. A suit filed by the NYC residents in October 2021 requested the court to block permanently expanded outdoor dining. In the case filed at Manhattan Supreme Court, it was stated, "Prior to its application to make the temporary open restaurants program permanent, (the city Department of Transportation) received thousands of complaints from residents related to noise, vermin, garbage accumulation, crowded sidewalks impeding residents access — all quality-of-life issues consisting a significant impact upon the environment." 

According to the report, the latest suit filed in August 2022 claimed that there was increased trash, vermin, drug use, graffiti, noise, and awful stenches throughout the boroughs. Some of the sheds on Second Avenue in the East Village were found abandoned, consisting of dirty mattresses and trash.

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The residents in their suit stated that other pandemic-era rules such as wearing masks, vaccines, and social distancing have ended since the outbreak has eased. They argued there is no longer justification for continuing the program. There are also allegations that the structures are causing crowding on the sidewalks, creating a challenging atmosphere. The complainants state that the mass of intoxicated patrons creates such situations. This scenario is intimidating for young children and casual passersby. 

However, the Department of Transportation is still assessing the issue and has given a few recommendations to the city council, which will decide whether to accept it and make the outdoor areas permanent. In a press conference, NYC Mayor Eric Adams has highly supported the program and stated, “We need to modify … because some of the outdoor dining locations have become a hazard.”

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