Couple Attends X-Rated Show at NYC’s Dining Shed

Why pay by the hour for a hotel room when you can get a dining shed for free!

Restaurant sheds—empty by critics for the homeless, temporary toilets and rat traps—are now providing space for shoddy al fresco quiche.

A recent XXX-rated scene caught on video by a frightened Greenwich Village resident going out to work shows a man and woman getting down and dirty at the Cornelia Street Dining Hut.

The woman is seen having oral sex on her boyfriend, who is lying on top of a suitcase, his head resting on the plywood wall of the shed. A tall, open drink can sit next to him while playing romp.

When the woman learns that she has been caught on camera, she stops what she is doing, raises her head and says, “No!”

A homeless man sleeps in an outdoor dining shed in the East Village.
Helen Seidman

On the other side of the plywood barrier from Randy Twosome, a man is pulled out into the dining shed.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘Oh my god!’ as it was” said the resident who recorded the video and saw the homeless bed being dumped in the shed or out of drugs.

On Wednesday morning, he caught a couple smooching in a shed—the man who was only wearing shorts and sneakers and his chest was bare—and was probably getting ready to do more.

A Couple Is Mocked In The Dining Shed.
A couple is mocked in the dining shed.
It Has Become Common To See The Couple Canoodling In The Shed.
It has become common to see the couple canoodling in the shed.

“I didn’t stop to find out,” said the resident.

The city’s Open Restaurant program, which allowed dining sheds to go ahead at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to boost the struggling restaurant industry, is now being challenged in two lawsuits.

There are 12,556 restaurants in the program, which the city wants to make permanent. That effort continues while the city appeals the October 2021 trial.

The latest lawsuit, filed last week, argues that the public health emergency measures have led to the shed.

Many Have Complained That The Shed Is A Prime Land For Homeless Residents.
Many have complained that the shed is a prime land for homeless residents.

Jackson Heights resident Ricardo Pacheco, one of 35 plaintiffs in the action, is fed up, saying, “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 dumpsites. He said he saw a couple in a shed on Roosevelt Avenue in June, an area known for prostitution.

“Whatever people are doing there, with the consent of adults or whatever they are doing, should not happen in our neighbourhood,” he said.

Residents Have Complained About The Condition Of The Shed.
Residents have complained about the condition of the shed.
A Homeless Man Crashed Into A Dining Shed.
A homeless man crashed into a dining shed.

Another plaintiff, Deborah Gonzalez of the Lower East Side, said in an affidavit that Shed was exposing her to things she couldn’t see.

“These structures partially hide urinating males, so when you walk in, you are startled and caught off guard,” she said.

Some of the sheds have been abandoned, such as a dirty mattress and trash can on Second Avenue in the East Village. Others are seen in photos provided to The Post surrounded by garbage bags, including on McDougall Street in Greenwich Village and the Bronx.

Lower East Side resident Marcel Rocha said in his lawsuit affidavit “the blocks are vomit and urine swamps every morning.”

“The space between the sheds is now a public bathroom where anyone can pee, vomit, do drugs, sleep and whatever they want inside,” Rocha said.

He told The Post that he had seen a couple having sex in an Orchard Street shed, who had fallen apart while hanging out with friends who lived elsewhere and who found it amusing.

“I was like ‘Come on, here I live. It’s no laughing matter’, said fashion stylist Rocha, 42.

Mayor Eric Adams said on Monday he supported outdoor dining, but that the structures had to be standardised.

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