The New York hookup scene has exploded with a bang — or, should we say, several.
New Yorkers in all five boroughs are gearing up for a kinkier, more lavish re-imagining of last year’s torrid Vax summer. As pandemic restrictions ease even further, the city that never sleeps is getting to bed with almost everyone.
“I want to go to sex parties, I want to have a threesome, I want to do all of that,” 22-year-old Queens native Kiarra Souffront told the Post, noting that she recently had her first-ever polyamorous relationship.
After the past two treacherous years, there’s no better way to let off steam than to get laid, Oscar De La Cruz said.
“We need tender, loving care,” the 49-year-old HR executive told The Post over drinks at 13th Step in the East Village.
“Mother Nature beat us up,” he continued. “We’re getting sunshine now, and guess what happens when you get sunshine? You get horny and things happen.”
Spread your legs and fly
This mass pheromone phenomenon is on full display at Madame X, billed as “the sexiest bar in New York City.”
The Houston Street dive bar – which offers risqué private rooms and erotic games – has seen an “exponential” rise in kinky parties in recent months, according to owner Amy McCloskey.
“Not only that, but we also saw a much younger audience than before COVID,” she added.
X marked the point for the polyamorous Souffront, who was there a recent night to play a sexy card game with friends, during which the group discussed topics as sizzling as their first experiences with masturbation.
“[My boyfriend] is seven years older than me and he said to me, ‘Before I turn 30, I want to experience so many things,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, me too,’ and we discovered those things together in COVID,” Souffront said.
COVID has not only made people more adventurous, but also more direct – no liquid courage required.
“I was asked to be friends with someone 20 minutes ago,” Joshua Wiscovitch, 25, told The Post one afternoon in Washington Square Park.
“That [direct flirtation] is pretty much all I do at work,” continued the in-demand restaurant owner in South Bronxite and Manhattan, adding that he’s currently juggling three lucky ladies. “Every day women try to pick me up at their table and leave me their number – which actually happened a couple of times last week. After the pandemic, everyone just seems a lot more open and self-confident.”
The club rises on a Tuesday – and Wednesday
The nightclub scene – with its accompanying PDA and ladies shaking out of short, sexy outfits – has bounced back as if it had never been put on hold. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, too, guests fill up nose to nose (and mouth to mouth) on the steaming dance floor.
Such was the case at Nebula in Times Square, where rapper Ja Rule headlined a “Tuesday Baby Tuesday” party that drew an electric midweek crowd and lines to the door.
“I think [clubbing] is better than ever. Everyone ready to live their best life, everyone here on a Tuesday, eh out ofsaid Jasmine Shan, 23, a pharmaceutical graduate student from Hoboken.
Single Shan, who started her day with a bottomless 11am brunch and finished well past midnight, spoke about the new ways she’s found to meet people since COVID.
“There are so many singles parties where you can literally just go and meet people and I didn’t realize that before COVID,” Shan said, noting that she went to one that was advertised on TikTok.
Some clubs are continuing to embrace the new era of the ‘whoring 20s’, adding adult entertainment to the already hot mix.
At the recently opened Wonderland on Wednesday night, topless pole dancers and scantily clad waitresses entertained a full house while the crowd awaited the arrival of Migos rapper Offset. Even surprise guests Nicki Minaj, French Montana and Offset’s wife, Cardi B, let loose.
“Are we going to turn that fk up?” Cardi B goaded the rowdy crowd after sipping on a Corona. “Are we going to be dangerous tonight? DJ, are we getting damn dangerous tonight?”
But even places like Wonderland only scratch the surface for the city’s sinners.
“If you want to talk about New York nightlife, I suggest SM because it’s interesting there,” Anna Paulette, a 27-year-old from Midtown, told The Post, adding that the “underground” scene of sadism and masochism clubs has “absolutely” exploded since COVID simmered in NYC.
Paulette speculated that S&M has offered a way for people shaken by the pandemic to “deal with their demons” – leading to a growing number of submissive dudes.
She recalled a recent case where a man told her he liked her “Matrix” style leather boots and asked if she liked the mistress lifestyle.
To her affirmative response, “he got on his knees and said, ‘I’ll give you $20 now if I can lick your boot,'” Paulette said.
And it’s the return of these erotic interactions that proves “nature heals in the Big Apple,” according to De La Cruz.
“[The hard times] are over, see you later, have a good trip!”