Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Inside College Point's Spa Castle

From WNYC:

The Disneyland of spa resorts is right in our own backyard. From the outside, Spa Castle looks more like a suburban mall than a place to unwind. Once you enter the building in College Point, Queens, it's pure sensory explosion.

Huge spa complexes are common in Korea. They go full monty, so these places tend to separate men and women. However, there's a family vibe the unisex areas because, unlike most American spas, little kids can roam around with their parents.

This Asian import offers the usual fare: facials, massages, scrubs, etc. At five stories high and 100,000-square feet big, it's the sheer size of the place that never ceases to amaze. The only thing that’s missing is a moat.


36 comments:

Frank said...

Trying to drive around there has become a damn nightmare. No one stops at the stop signs on the roads flanking this place and no one looks before pulling out of the drop off lane in front of the place.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who provided driving lessons to the drivers of their vans! Mario Andretti?

Anonymous said...

Trying to drive around there has become a damn nightmare. No one stops at the stop signs on the roads flanking this place and no one looks before pulling out of the drop off lane in front of the place.

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A new word from Queens Crap: people that drive like that, and their driving habits is called

the 'O-factor.'

One of the reasons Queens Blvd (unlike the Grand Concorse, Eastern Parkway, or Park Ave) is called the 'Blvd of Death.'

Anonymous said...

I wonder who provided driving lessons to the drivers of their vans! Mario Andretti?

The plates on the vans are not commercial. Who is suppose to crack down on that?

Anonymous said...

Will there be the usual doorperson like in the stand bars and the korean clubs that keeps out "round eye" by repeating, "no, no, Korea onry!" ?

primadonna said...

I heard they do go full monty there.
Never understood how people can roam around perfect strangers NAKED.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to visit the Ackerman/Schenkler whore booth!

Anonymous said...

The plates on the vans are not commercial. Who is suppose to crack down on that?

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Oh, don't worry, i'm sure they are all listed as being owned by "churches"

You know, the kind you can buy and get tax breaks and pay less in fees and such and not have to worry about proper paperwork.

Anonymous said...

Man, does anyone in queens have better things to do then complain. Here is more or less an ad about the Spa Castle so people can go and enjoy it at a reasonable price and you have queens crappers who complain.

The post didn't even mention anything bad about it. If you don't like it, buzz off, then don't go there. Like I'm sure you are 100% legal proof.. I'm willing to bet that people in Queens aren't even doing something 100% legal themselves in their lifetime. How hypocritical. (btw, once you past the speed limit, you broke the law, need I say more)

At least there is something like this in Queens. Where are you going to get a 100,000 sq ft.. even in pricey Manhattan which most queens crappers couldn't even afford if there is one since the land is so limited.

Also seems like NO ONE on this previous commenters have been INSIDE THE WHOLE DAY. I saw comments about "I heard", "I try". If you haven't you don't know what you are talking about. Oh, but I forgot, they like to comment and complain more than going to really investigate themselves and think for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Why would they spend money to investigate if they've heard bad things about the place? Word of mouth makes or breaks a lot of businesses.

Anonymous said...

Inside the whole day? Who the hell has time for that? Not everyone is a bored housewife or retiree.

Anonymous said...

The post didn't even mention anything bad about it. If you don't like it, buzz off, then don't go there.

Hmmm.... Smells like troll asshole. If we "complain" about the vans, which race down city streets, cutting off cars, trucks, and buses, and endangering pedestrians, it is inappropriate? Please explain. As far as the facility, please tell us of your experience(s). I guess you come here to practice freedom of speech but hypocritically complain about criticism. I'm thinking of a word to describe you.




Wait a minute, it's coming.











Still coming.










Oh yeah.










SHMUCK ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Anonymous said...

I heard they do go full monty there.
Never understood how people can roam around perfect strangers NAKED.

Most people aren't hung up on their bodies.

Queens Crapper said...

Actually, most people are. Witness the myriad of beauty and weight loss products on the market.

Sergey Kadinsky said...

Been there. It's nice.

Anonymous said...

Sergey-
With or without?

georgetheatheist said...

$3 for an ear of corn?

Ima Trib Whore said...

$3 for an ear of corn?

Cheaper than a dildo!

Anonymous said...

Besides all you bitter people about it being built... its there... it has good reviews and is clean... and i could really use a massage.. might as well possibly try it..

Anonymous said...

i could really use a massage.. might as well possibly try it..


You rub us the wrong way, puke breath!

Anonymous said...

This whole enterprise violates the terms that set up the College Point Corporate Park.

But is anyone taking action to evict them?

Certainly not!
We don't want to offend the Asians.

Gary Ackerman is probably a good customer!

Maybe Nussbaum is a silent partner.

And what about that Korean Church that is ILLEGALLY located in the corporate park?

Forget it Jake...we just look the other way!

Thanks CB#7!

Anonymous said...

Business must be good!

List of all 24 Hour Notice Filings received for 2008.
Results are Sorted by Name.
Filer ID Filer Name Contribution Date Contributor Amount


A24342 FRIENDS OF GRACE MENG 31-AUG-08 SPA CASTLE INC.
131-10 11 AVENUE
COLLEGE POINT, NY 11356 $3,800.00

Chon, Steve S. Spa Castle Inc./Owner $2,000 09/30/2008 P HILL PAC


What is HILL PAC?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/22/AR2008102203195.
html

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00363994&cycle=2006

Anonymous said...

Quote - "If we don't "complain" about the vans, which race down city streets, cutting off cars, trucks, and buses, and endangering pedestrians, it is inappropriate?"

Ah, that's anywhere in Queens.. especially Queens blvd, you schmuck. Why don't you complain about all of Queens instead of selectively only about this place.

btw, they have those type of speeding down in Deer Park Avenue on Long Island's SUFFOLK COUNTY where it's famously know that teens use that road to race. Bet you didn't heard of it schmuck.

If you did, so why don't you complain about that too. In fact complain about everything around you.. seems like you are one of those old people who complains about the tiniest thing.

You might as well stay indoors because god knows maybe some day a car might speed by you or even 'hit' you and you don't even know it. After all, if you want to live in an Utopian society, the ONLY way is when you are not on this earth, schmuck.

Anonymous said...

Ah, that's anywhere in Queens.. especially Queens blvd, you schmuck. Why don't you complain about all of Queens instead of selectively only about this place.


Hey IDIOT! The post is about the spa and not all of Queens. We DO complain...when it is appropriate!


the ONLY way is when you are not on this earth, schmuck.

Don't let the door bang you in your ass on the way out. We won't miss you.

Anonymous said...

quote - "Hey IDIOT! The post is about the spa and not all of Queens. We DO complain...when it is appropriate!"

Right idiot, it's about the spa.. not about traffic. So why did you complain about the traffic. You just set yourself up.

Otherwise, it's like you complaining about traffic in Time Squares if we talk about EPSN Zone in Manhattan... yet Time Square is Thriving.

It's okay to complain, but it's to what extreme. But the fact that you complain about the most obvious and general statement :

"about the vans, which race down city streets, cutting off cars, trucks, and buses, and endangering pedestrians"

is like a given so it's no point.


"Don't let the door bang you in your ass on the way out. We won't miss you."

We won't miss YOU either. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Right idiot, it's about the spa.. not about traffic. So why did you complain about the traffic. You just set yourself up.

You really are an asshole, aren't you? The vans that ferry their customers through the streets of Queens are a hazard and that is relevant to the topic at hand. It's not about traffic! A small mind like yours wouldn't get it, would it?

"about the vans, which race down city streets, cutting off cars, trucks, and buses, and endangering pedestrians"

Right. Spa Castle vans. Understand now?




See ya. Wouldn't want to be ya! TROLL!!!

Honest Joe said...

We won't miss YOU either. Thank you.

Screw you. I agree you are a troll and an asshole. Go bother another blog. You won't be missed. Maybe Evan is having a bad day and wanted to bother us. Obviously the poster's intelligence level is equal to that of an amoeba. So split!

Anonymous said...

Quote - "Right. Spa Castle vans. Understand now?"

Of course I already understand.
But the point is that you can also complain about the MTA buses and the yellow cabs in Manhattan which can sometimes "cut which race down city streets, cutting off cars, trucks, and buses, and endangering pedestrians".

Don't you get it?

In fact if MTA buses hits your car in motion, good luck trying to sue their asses. I know someone who spent 10 years trying to these assholes unsuccessfully due to their massive legal team. So aren't they are even bigger hazard along with the taxis.

It happens in any developing area like Manhattan. So if you don't like this and complain about this, then move your butt out of Queens and live some place piece and quiet like the country side.

And I won't go to another blog, because I live in Queens and have the right to know what is happening. I'm not bother anyone. You don't like the comments, then don't read it. You live in USA, freedom of the speech. And yes, so what if I'm an asshole.. you're entitled to your opinion, just like I'm entitled to mine.

Anonymous said...

"Of course I already understand."

Doubtful.

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"But the point is that you can also complain about the MTA buses and the yellow cabs in Manhattan which can sometimes "cut which race down city streets, cutting off cars, trucks, and buses, and endangering pedestrians". "

True, when the conversation is about traffic in other parts of the city. One more time for the moron...THIS IS ABOUT CASTLE SPA!!!

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"In fact if MTA buses hits your car in motion, good luck trying to sue their asses. I know someone who spent 10 years trying to these assholes unsuccessfully due to their massive legal team"

Too bad for your friend. Mine friend's car got hit by a bus in Whitestone and her car was repaired on their dime in less than 3 months!

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"It happens in any developing area like Manhattan. So if you don't like this and complain about this, then move your butt out of Queens"

This is Queens, my home for over half a century. We are fighting for our quality of life. Your argument suggests that we accept a good butt fucking from the mayor and his development pals.

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"And I won't go to another blog"

Too bad. Just what we need...another clueless troll.

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"I'm not bother anyone."

Did well in English, did we?

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"And yes, so what if I'm an asshole"

A point we can all agree on!!!

Anonymous said...

"Of course I already understand."

QUOTE - "Doubtful."

This is your assumption and because of this, all your previous arguments are pointless now. We are arguing based on facts and not on ASSumptions. You have no argument there.
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QUOTE - "True, when the conversation is about traffic in other parts of the city. One more time for the moron...THIS IS ABOUT CASTLE SPA!!!"

No shit, this is about Spa Castle, and Spa Castle only. The original post was in a way advertising about Spa Castle's inside environment. So your statement about traffic and the van is pointless because even if there are no vans, there will be others who drives the same way to get there.

And it's Spa Castle, not CASTLE SPA, just to pinpoint this details since you like to be anal about my missing 'ing' in the 'bother' word below.

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QUOTE - "Too bad for your friend. Mine friend's car got hit by a bus in Whitestone and her car was repaired on their dime in less than 3 months!"

Again another ASSumption by you. I say I know a person, I didn't say s/he is my friend. Look up the definition of what a friend is.
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QUOTE - This is Queens, my home for over half a century. We are fighting for our quality of life. Your argument suggests that we accept a good butt fucking from the mayor and his development pals.

Good that we are fighting for the quality of life. But having a Spa Castle there can possibly have more positive effects than negative ones (such as traffic). New legal businesses are good for the economy. There is always an opportunity cost.

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"And I won't go to another blog"

QUOTE - "Too bad. Just what we need...another clueless troll."

Well, you can be also speaking for yourself since you are also reading this blog. LOL.

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"I'm not bother anyone."

QUOTE - "Did well in English, did we?"

If you want to be anal like I said above and hypocritical, check out your respond to my MTA statement starting with "Mine friend's"

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"And yes, so what if I'm an asshole"

QUOTE - "A point we can all agree on!!!"

Based on your anal responses above, you are one too.

Anonymous said...

To the previous poster, you can rationalize your ignorance all you want. It doesn't change the fact that you are an ignorant troll. Please keep posting because we all enjoy abusing you. 'Nuff said!

M. Nussie said...

Somehow this will all "CUM" out to be a "HAPPY ENDING"....ooh.....ahhhh!

What do I owe the masseuse?

"CUM AGAIN"?

Ooh ...ahh! It's a freebie?
No way...you must be kidding me.

M. Skankler said...

Ooh ...ahh! It's a freebie?
No way...you must be kidding me.

Damn straight. The only thing free around here is the Spa Castle shuttle!!!!

Stefano Duranti said...

What happen to the flaming back and forth between those 2 ahole? It was quite amusing =). The one being called an ahole or troll made me wonder whether he (or she) is a law student since he is quite good at defending and attacking the statements made by him and others. I wonder why it stopped, perhaps by the moderator?

Anyways, thinking about it, his statement about new businesses and opportunity cost is true. Any new businesses will increase traffic of all sorts and that's a fact.

I mean I can see how traffic is a concern if the area is very close to a school where children are more prevalent which the traffic complaint then becomes valid. But I've been there outside twice per week driving by and to me it seems like a secluded area, more or less a dead-end.

I can also see the valid defenses made by the "asshole" and why he post an attack. After all, the post was only about the internal nice atmosphere of the spa castle; the traffic is a by product that can happen anywhere.

Anonymous said...

when i first heard of the place, i was a bit nervous because im not the person to be walking around naked i front of strangers. but to my surprise, that nervous thought went away as soon as i walked into the locker room. everyone was just walking around naked, so i did the same. nobody was staring at your body but just minding their own business. the bath house was very Serene, Calming and relaxing. the Sauna rooms were very nice and most of all, the Food and the Interior decor were Awesome!!!!! i ended up buying the 10ticket package which is cheaper and now i am So addicted!!!
gonna also go to King Sauna heard their ice shaven rice drink is reallllly good!!!

Lucia said...

On a second attempt, I still found the Korean Spa Castle in Queens totally devoid of social graces on behalf of management (especially) and of staff. Staff generally follows the lead of the managers who have no idea what it means to be in service to the public -- their customers. They are rude and unaccommodating and the atmosphere feels hostile. Not the best place to relax. A word to the sophisticated, experienced spa folks: this is not THE PLACE!