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July 19th, 2008, 01:25 PM
The Loft building I've lived in for over twenty four years got raided
Thursday night by police!
What everyone here knew about (a sex and drug den), finally
got taken down in a 3:30 am sting.
I awoke to the sounds of battering rams coming from the
illegal 5th floor establishment and, today it's in ALL the papers!:eek:


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/nyregion/19brothel.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=lawyer%20is%20accused%20of%20using%20reform%20g roup%20to%20launder%20money%20from%20strip%20club&st=cse&oref=slogin

We have been complaining about this hovel for more than 2 years now.

I even found their sex website mentioned in the articles: (caution graphic photos of strippers)


Now maybe we can finally get some sleep without worrying
if the building would still be standing in the morning!

July 19th, 2008, 02:24 PM
Ooops ...

Wonder what the little black book for this place holds?

Could be quite some membership list :D

> NY TIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/nyregion/19brothel.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=lawyer%20is%20accused%20of%20using%20reform%20g roup%20to%20launder%20money%20from%20strip%20club&st=cse&oref=slogin)

A lawyer who fervently contested the result of the 2000 presidential election and started an organization advocating voter reform used it to hide profits from another venture, the police say: a strip club that offered more than dancing.

The lawyer, Louis Posner, ran the Hot Lap Dance Club out of a fifth-floor loft in Hell’s Kitchen, where the police said the wealthy clientele paid as much as $5,000 for sex with dancers in private rooms.

The authorities raided the loft on Thursday night and arrested Mr. Posner, his wife, Betty, and 19 others on charges that included money laundering and promoting prostitution. No clients were arrested.

According to the police, Mr. Posner, a 52-year-old tax lawyer, funneled the club’s money to an account for Voter March, the grass-roots demonstration organization he started shortly after the 2000 election that has been largely inactive since 2004. He deposited money into several other accounts, the police said, adding that the amounts were low enough to avoid raising a red flag at the Internal Revenue Service.

Investigators seized $570,000 from 13 bank accounts and two safety deposit boxes held by the Posners, all of which could be traced back to the dance club, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said ...

Who is this Louis Posner?

Wouldn't ya know it? He's a LAWYER :D

Take a look:

Louis Posner / NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/07/18/2008-07-18_cops_say_lawyers_ran_midtown_brothel.html)

Vincent Bugliosi, Esq. (l) and Louis Posner, Esq. (c) and attorney John Vincent Saykanic (http://saykaniclaw.com/gallery.aspx) (r)


bye bye, Louie ...

Hope he likes living poor.

July 19th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Wow talk about hitting close to home for you scumonkey.

July 19th, 2008, 06:29 PM
this area was known as the Tenderloin, and it was chock full of brothels even back then. ;)

July 19th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Not quite my neighborhood...although twenty years ago you could get a
BJ for a buck from the local crack whore-but that was
in a doorway outside.
Tenderloin, Manhattan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Tenderloin was a once-seedy neighborhood in the heart of the New York City (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City) borough (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borough_%28New_York_City%29) of Manhattan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan). Police Captain Alexander Williams allegedly coined the term in the late 1870s.[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenderloin,_Manhattan#cite_note-0) This district was in Midtown Manhattan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midtown_Manhattan) from 23rd Street (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23rd_Street_%28Manhattan%29) to 42nd Street (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42nd_Street_%28Manhattan%29) and Fifth Avenue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Avenue_%28Manhattan%29) to Seventh Avenue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventh_Avenue_%28Manhattan%29), much of which is known now as Chelsea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea%2C_Manhattan) and the Garment district (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garment_District%2C_Manhattan). The northwest corner of the Tenderloin was Longacre Square (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longacre_Square), now called Times Square (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square).
The Tenderloin was a notorious red-light district (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-light_district). The raffish reputation of the Tenderloin's 1890s bordellos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordello), repeatedly raided by Anthony Comstock's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Comstock) vice squad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vice_squad), was recreated in the 1960 Sheldon Harnick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Harnick)-Jerry Bock (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Bock) musical Tenderloin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenderloin_%28musical%29), based on a novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hopkins_Adams).
The Tenderloin of the early 20th Century is described from a police perspective in Behind the Green Lights, the memoirs of Police Captain Cornelius Willemse (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_Willemse).
By 1914, middle-class African-Americans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American) from the Tenderloin district started moving to Harlem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem), which had been primarily white.
The name appears to have fallen out of favor in the 1940s, when massive redevelopment of the area removed much of the associated stigma.

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July 20th, 2008, 01:45 AM
Look at that picture! Shave off that guy's hair and he's a ringer for Karl Rove.

July 20th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Lol! :D

July 20th, 2008, 12:39 PM
doppelgänger or what?!:D

July 20th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Sex was 'fine' with him: Lap dancers tell of owner Posner's shenanigans

Sunday, July 20th 2008, 2:15 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2008/07/20/alg_court-sketch.jpg Jane Rosenberg Four dancers from The Hot Lap Dance Club were arraigned Friday.

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2008/07/19/amd_posner.jpg Dancers say owner Lou Posner took money if they had sex with clients.

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2008/07/20/amd_former-lapdancer.jpg DeCrescenzo for News A former dancer talking to reporters on Friday.

Their voices dripping with disgust, two disillusioned lap dancers from a busted midtown strip club described the owner as a pervert who took a cut when he caught his employees having sex with clients.
They said lawyer Lou Posner (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Lou+Posner) merely paid lip service to the "No Sex" signs posted in the velvet environs of the Hot Lap Dance Club, which featured private booths perfect for such shenanigans.
"If Lou caught the girls having sex in the private room, he'd fine the girls," one of the dancers said as Posner and his wife, Betty, were held on prostitution and money-laundering charges. "Isn't that pimping?"
Vice cops raided the W. 38th St. loft last week, arresting the Posners and 19 others, including porn star Alexia Moore (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Alexia+Moore).
As the couple tried to come up with $150,000 bail each, the two dancers gave a revealing glimpse of the jiggle joint's inner workings.
College students by day, they insisted they never had sex at the 7,000-square-foot club, but said Posner pressured his employees for sex.
"He tried to get the girls to do rooms with him," said one dancer, a tall, thin brunette in a pencil skirt and tailored blouse.
She was referring to the club's half-dozen curtained cubicles, each with a narrow bed, desk and a box of tissues.
There were also two suites - the Leopard Room and the Lavender Room - with king-sized beds and steel doors for bachelor parties and interludes with multiple girls.
Posner staged elaborate lesbian sex shows inside an open lounge area, stroking the women's hair and handing them sex toys as the shows progressed, the women said.
"He treated the girls as if they were property," said the other dancer, a New Jersey (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/New+Jersey) resident in a tube top and skirt.
"It was awful," said her friend, who worked at the club for four months.
The pair estimated that 120 women worked there. Some were Americans who operated as independent contractors and paid $80 a night in "house fees;" others were Russians who worked to pay off debts to their handlers.
The two dancers said the house fees were waived if the girls agreed to go to a private room with Posner, who allegedly laundered his ill-gotten profits through a nonprofit voter registration organization.
"He had no respect for us," said one of the women, a New Jersey resident who estimated she earned $1,000 a night giving lap dances to the "suit and tie guys."
As evidence, her colleague pulled out her BlackBerry (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/BlackBerry+Mobile+Devices) and read a July 14 e-mail she said was from Posner that criticized the quality of the club's lap dancing.
"Managers and the more experienced lap dancers need to critique the newer dancers on the art of a lap dance," the e-mail said. "Dancers should never refuse to give a lap dance to an owner or manager."
At Posner's E. 48th St. apartment building, where rents hit $10,000 a month, he didn't get rave reviews, either. "He looked like a bum, always dressed sloppy," said one building source. "He didn't have a friend here, and never said thank you to any of the help."

July 21st, 2008, 10:18 AM
Their voices dripping with disgust, two disillusioned lap dancers from a busted midtown strip club described the owner as a pervert who took a cut when he caught his employees having sex with clients.

Don't you love it when they "drip with disgust" at a guy that took a cut of something that they really were not "supposed" to be doing in the first place? ;)

Also, looks like these ladies really tried to represent themselves as upstanding members of the community (as far as I can tell by the court artists depiction).

I wonder if any of them will be getting a Fox TV reality show.....

July 21st, 2008, 11:07 AM
Contacts ^ were signed yesterday :cool:

Make sure to pay attention to your Bravo listings this coming fall ;)

July 23rd, 2008, 06:08 AM
July 21, 2008Lawyer Suspected of Running Brothel at Strip Club TalksThe lawyer accused of running a prostitution ring at his strip club and laundering the proceeds through a voter registration non-profit gave the Daily News an exclusive interview from his Manhattan jail. Lou Posner claims sex-for-pay was not occurring at the Hot Lap Dance Club, "We hired intelligent, well-spoken girls, some of them Ivy League girls", and said women who weren't hired were launching fake allegations against him. Posner is also upset his wife was swept up in the arrests "The most she did was make brownies [for the staff]" but he did look on the bright side of being behind bars, while he is being held on $150,000 bail, I need to lose some weight"http://gothamist.com/2008/07/21/lawyer_suspected_of_running_brothel.php

July 23rd, 2008, 07:02 PM
Was there a Spitzer sighting?

July 24th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Good thing I left the place at 2! :p

July 25th, 2008, 11:53 PM
Only 2am?

You pu.......

Wait a sec... That's not funny.... ;)

July 29th, 2008, 09:31 AM
From the NY Post:


http://www.nypost.com/seven/07292008/photos/new0v.jpg (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:SLIDES.hotlink%28%29)
LUCK RUNS OUT: Swedish stunner Sabina Johansson, who's dating lotto-winning doorman Richie Randazzo , has been charged with promoting prostitution.

Last updated: 8:29 am
July 29, 2008
Posted: 3:24 am
July 29, 2008
She was working more than just the door, cops charge.
The Swedish beauty who hooked up with lucky lotto doorman Richie Randazzo has been charged with promoting prostitution at the strip club where she says she merely greeted customers, authorities revealed last night.
Sabina Mari Johansson, 23, was hit with the felony charge July 24, arraigned and then released on her own recognizance the same day.
According to court papers, the promoting charge related to an April 17 incident where she allegedly talked to customers about the club's entire menu of services.
Her next court date is Nov. 13.
As The Post reported, Johansson has insisted her work at Big Daddy Lou's Hot Lap Dance Club on West 38th Street was strictly aboveboard.
She told The Post she "had no idea what was going on behind the scenes," and had quit the club weeks before it was raided on July 17.
Owner Lous Posner and his wife Betty also have been charged with promoting prostitution - as well as with money laundering and falsifying business records.
Her job at the club seemed to catch Randazzo off-guard, even as the $5 million lotto winner was wooing the Swedish model, whom he first saw on a photo shoot in Coney Island.
"She's the best thing that's happened to me since the lottery," he declared last week.