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.