A resident reported at last week's Community Board 6 meeting in Queens that at least three massage parlors have opened on Metropolitan Avenue. One location is less than a block from a school campus!
The Forest Hills Civic Association strongly opposes allowing these type of establishments to open in or near residential neighborhoods unless it is licensed and registered as a health facility.
Either the City Council or State Legislature must impose restrictions on the location and license them under existing or new laws.
If they are a "health massage" facility, the Board of Health should monitor and license these establishments. If they are recreational massage, restrictions must be imposed, they must be investigated and, if necessary, the NYPD should oversee activity.
We cannot allow the quality of life of our residents and the welfare of our children to be compromised by allowing improper types of businesses to locate in our communities without oversight.
Forest Hills Civic Association