Gay Chelsea Storefront Featuring 'Live Massage' Shut Down by NYPD
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"According to Daniel Lee, director of manworks.com, the massages, which took place in the window of the Blue Store, on Eighth Avenue between 20th and 21st streets, did not involve nudity or lewd acts. 'It think it was prejudice,' Lee said yesterday. 'It was perfectly legal massage, what was happening in the window.'"
The live event was promotion for a website, AMNY reports:
"About an hour after the massages began at 6 p.m., Lee said cops showed up and told him to shut it down. He complied, though he was issued no summons and the officer would not tell him what laws were broken, he said. The cop said onlookers - who numbered about 15 - were blocking the sidewalk, according to Lee. Police said cops responded to the scene after a man who had been walking with his son saw the display and called the local precinct to complain. Cops confirmed no summons was issued. 'It seems there was some kind of moral objection to what we were doing,' Lee said."
Now the owner of the store is upset because, he says, the police will be watching him now.