NY Post: RAP HITS S&M CLUB
By JAMIE SCHRAM, SAMUEL GOLDSMITH and LUKAS I. ALPERT
Posted: 4:06 am
September 18, 2008
Oh, naughty, naughty. Vice cops busted a high-end TriBeCa S&M parlor for selling more than just pain after a dominatrix allegedly offered to have sex with an undercover officer for $200, officials said yesterday. Cops raided Rapture NYC at around 8:45 p.m. Monday and arrested the whip-toting mistress, Gina Noto, 21, of Holmdel, NJ, and the club’s proprietor, Collin Reeve, 35, of Staten Island. Reeve was charged with promoting prostitution, and was held last night in lieu of $30,000 bond. Earlier, Noto pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was conditionally discharged, prosecutors said. “It’s nonsense,” Salvatore Strazzullo, who represented both of them, said after Reeve’s arraignment. “The city has to differentiate between the right to privacy and illegality.”
The club – on the third floor of a nondescript office building on Walker Street – specializes in elaborate role-playing and features “the sexiest and most talented Pro-Dommes in the scene today,” according to its Web site. While the club said it was “fully equipped to handle any play style, from light sensual play to heavy suspension and complex medical sessions,” it warned, “We do not engage in any form of prostitution whatsoever, so don’t even ask!” Police sources said that about 10 women worked at the club and that it had been open about five years, selling sex on the side. Strazzullo said cops were on a witch hunt. “There was no consent, there was no acknowledgement, there was no OK for any type of sexual acts to occur in this place,” Strazzullo said. “Throughout the business, there are signs posted stating that there is no sex allowed. “My clients are running a legal S&M dominatrix business,” he added.
Neighbors said they were well aware of the operation’s activities. “When I work late, ’til 11 or midnight, I hear slapping and screaming, like whack, followed by ahh!” said freelance photographer Martin Crock, whose studio is on the floor above the pain palace.
Others said they would often see unusual-looking people entering and leaving the building. “Here and there, I would see gothic-looking girls coming in and out. It’s a very secure floor. I’ve never been down there,” said Aaron Griesdorn, who runs a digital-imaging company. Marie Santiago, who used to be the superintendent of a Staten Island building where Reeve lived for several years, called him a “freak.”
“When they left, we found out they were total freaks. We found videos of him and people playing with people dressed up as dinosaurs,” she said. “When they had a party, the people who came were weirdos. They wore all leather. They would wear spikes around their necks, too.”