District Attorney Joe Hynes Annouces Closure of Massage Parlors in Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bay Ridge

Notorious Bright Ocean Spa in Bay Ridge among the shuttered

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They rubbed people the wrong way — and now they’re getting patted down!

Cops shut down five Brooklyn spas and slapped the cuffs on six owners for allegedly practicing the darker arts of massage.

The sting closed allegedly dirty body-therapy joints in Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, Bay Ridge, and Bensonhurst on charges ranging from prostitution to rubbing people down without a license.

Authorities vowed they would not rest until Brooklyn has shaken off the plague of below-the-belt therapy.

“I hope that these arrests will send a message not only to the communities of Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights and Greenpoint, but throughout Brooklyn, that my office shares their concerns regarding these so-called ‘massage parlors’ and we will not tolerate illicit operations that exploit women and adversely affect neighborho­ods,” said District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Among the raided parlors was the Bright Ocean Spa on 69th Street, between Narrows Avenue and Shore Road, where neighbors had long complained about its late hours, clouded windows, and all-male clientele. This paper also reported that the spa was posting sexually provocative ads on sites like and Rubmaps, which are notorious for promoting prostitution.

The operation was the second this year to target illicit massage parlors. A series of raids in July closed 12 spas, most of them in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, where many residents had complained of a sudden outbreak of seedy therapy facilities.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
What a coincidence that Charles Hynes crawls out of the woodwork in an election year.
Sept. 10, 2013, 8:57 am
Ted from SpaVille says:
Well, Hynes, looks like the spas get the last word on you! hahahaha, the people have spoken and I guess they want their massages, at night, through foggy windows.
Sept. 11, 2013, 9:27 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
And not a peep about the Coke at Pilo Arts.
Sept. 11, 2013, 10:26 am
William Riker from TNG says:
Hynes who? Never heard of him. Closing down these businesses is the real crime though. Go chase down drug pushers, not jobbyjobbers.
Sept. 12, 2013, 9:03 am
What Gives from Mars says:
Rufus, Pepsi didn't bid high enough.
Sept. 13, 2013, 5:14 pm
Fun Freddie from Greenpoint says:
Aw, c'mon. What's an aging single guy supposed to do for fun now and then?
Ye Olde Rub-N-Tug is a New York tradition.

(FYI, most of them don't allow penetrative sex, just a massage and manual stimulation - thus no STDs.)

Bloomberg, the health mayor, should make them legal, maybe look into CitiTug. I'd sign up!
Sept. 15, 2013, 5:43 pm
Secial Ed from Sunset Park says:
The sad part is that some spiteful bassturd put up those ads on Backpage and Craigslist.
Sept. 18, 2013, 5:50 pm

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