A Look Inside Astoria's Very Own S&M Dungeon (SAFE-FOR-WORK PHOTOS)

A local X-Rated adult club is under pressure after customers of the dance studio on a lower floor got wind of the unmarked club known as Iron Bell Academy.

City ordinance prohibits X-Rated businesses from operating within 500 feet of schools and residential areas, however, the club's owner, Sebastian Bell claims his namesake group is not a business.

Talk about an awkward elevator ride...

The building in question is also home to Astoria Soundworks, and former home of Wonderland--a near-mythical place where some of the most epic NYC parties took place until it was shuttered a few years ago by the building owners. This in mind, I believe this address is officially the most bad-ass in Astoria.



From an article in The Post:

An S&M dungeon that shares a building with a dance academy for young girls in Queens has some parents begging the kinky group to find a new place to get their freak on.

“It’s awful!” fumed one parent at Astoria Fine Arts Dance Studio on 23rd Avenue, which sits two floors below the Iron Bell Academy, a fetish group that frequently hosts bondage parties and workshops.

“It shouldn’t be in this building at all,” she added.

“There are children here . . . engaging in wholesome activities.”

Isabella, a parent who asked that her last name not be used, came across Iron Bell when she started looking for a dance school for her 10-year-old daughter.

A friend recommended Astoria Fine Arts, which, coincidentally, was not far from Isabella’s home. But when she looked up other tenants in the building, the results shocked her.  Full article
IBA is an exclusive, intimate members-only education, training, party and play space located in the New York City metro area. Our mission is to serve the education, training, play and party space needs of the adult kinky, leather, BDSM, gay, lesbian, queer and polyamory communities in our region, nationally and internationally.
Iron Bell will offer the best in intimate small group classes and workshops. Presenters will be carefully screened so we can offer the best in the Scene to our supporting members. Iron Bell Academy will also host small intimate upscale parties where all guests will be selected and vetted.
Finally, Iron Bell will offer our high-tech play space for private play, individually hosted parties and video or photo shoot rentals. Experience Education in A Safe, Clean and Friendly Exclusive Environment
And some creepily awesome photos from their Facebook page:

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Comment by Jessica Kausen on July 23, 2012 at 4:57pm

@Steven - HA!

Comment by Steven Aldrich on July 23, 2012 at 4:57pm

@Jessica was your ex boyfriend strangely flexible?

Comment by Astoriaqueen on July 23, 2012 at 4:20pm

@MarieB how is it a witchhunt?  If you are interested, I was, to look up the city ordinance  that was put in place in 1995 and then revamped in 1998 you will see why the parents, the politicians and others had a case.  The Tattoo parlor doesn't have adult entertainment just tattoos!  It has little to do with children in the end and mostly to do with sloppy business practices.  I agree that the parents should not be saying that people into BDSM are dangerous to children and I don't think that the article said anything like that.  People read into things what they way to read.  The city ordinance was passed for a reason.  Look it up.  Meanwhile, was the IBA cool.  Yes.  Was it pretty? Yes.  I am sorry it is gone too.  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/about/pr80801.shtml

Comment by Jessica Kausen on July 23, 2012 at 10:45am

"I believe this address is officially the most bad-ass in Astoria..." - awesome. Also, YES to the next WLA Mixer there, Ran. 

Dan Savage would be proud of this place (assuming there are no illicit activities happening there, of course). One of my ex boyfriends used to go to "astoria soundworks" often. . . it's allllll coming together now.

Comment by MarieB on July 23, 2012 at 3:36am

It's been announced within the community that IBA will be closing, probably to avoid the possibility of an investigation.

Whether or not what Sebastian did was illegal, I don't like the witch hunt that seems to be stemming from this. Personally, I wouldn't open a BDSM club in the same building as a business that even sometimes caters to children, but one could argue the presence of a tattoo parlor is just as startling. This belief that people into BDSM are somehow dangerous to children or perverts, is ludicrous.

Comment by Astoriaqueen on July 23, 2012 at 3:24am

Tom can feel creepy all he likes.  Its part of the fun of it...being creepy.  Tom, its not a gross thing and most likely if you tried you'd find something you liked. However, now I am hearing in the scene that some man on his way to the Iron Bell got lost and wandered right into a kids dance class.  He asked out loud where the "dungeon" was.  Who knows if that's true but that is what Nona the woman who runs the thing is spouting.  Truth be told both she and Sebastian Bell knew that this was illegal due to zoning laws and tried to sneak under the wire.  Many in the scene seem to be upset more about the fact that these two have people's ID on file and that the police might confiscate.  Makes me and my husband quite nervous.  If you were there I'd be careful with your identity for a while! 

Comment by MarieB on July 23, 2012 at 3:14am

It is perfectly possible to say "Hey, I think this club should find a new home. I don't like the thought of it there." without insulting an entire group of people who are just like everyone else with the exception of having a fetish. We're otherwise just as boring and normal as other people.

Comment by Tom Greco on July 23, 2012 at 3:10am

Well, someone had to speak out despite knowing  at least one  person would say they are closed minded.  

Comment by MarieB on July 23, 2012 at 12:52am

Thank you, Tom, for offering your close minded judgement. I, for one, appreciate being called creepy and out of my mind.

Comment by Tom Greco on July 23, 2012 at 12:50am

No  way can I se BDSM as something anyone in right mind is into.  I don't like to insult those who say they go there, but since it is being mentioned I have to answer.    Not something any kids should be near.  It would creep me out to be near it.  



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