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Two massage parlors raided

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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:30 am

Two alleged illegal massage parlors, one in Flushing and the other in Fresh Meadows, were raided recently by police.

The Queens Chronicle wrote about one of the locations at 75-05 Parsons Blvd., in Flushing last August. Area residents have been trying to get it closed since it opened in March. The other operation is at 179-07 Union Tpke.

Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association, said the second-floor establishment on Parsons was open at all hours and that four people were arrested last week at the location. “We are happy it’s closed now, but unhappy that prostitution took place there,” Cohen said.

He noted it took the police some time to substantiate the illegal operation and that now it’s up to the Department of Buildings to officially shutter it. “The DOB has only fined them in the past,” Cohen said.

Jim Gallagher, president of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Association, reports that three arrests were made at the Union Turnpike “spa” last week. “It used to be a florist shop which closed a year ago, but the sign is still up,” Gallagher said.

— Liz Rhoades

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