View Full Version : Sex-centric places in New York City

11-16-2010, 05:45 AM
I know this is kind of a weird question for research, but I'm coming up blank here. What are some sort-of famous (or at least well-known) large sex-centric places in New York City? Like huge brothels, or maybe sex shopping malls, or even a sort of Red District.

Is there anything like that nowadays in NYC?

Thanks in advance!

Wayne K
11-16-2010, 05:47 AM
If you're looking for current places. sorry, but the evils of sex have been stomped out. The war on fun is the only one we won

11-16-2010, 05:51 AM
Depending on time period, it use to be Times Square. But they got rid of all the strip clubs, adult book stores, peep shows and such back in the late 80's.

Scores is one of the larger strip clubs in NYC. If anyone knows where the sex scene is in NYC it would be Howard Stern.

11-16-2010, 05:53 AM

I'll look into Scores.

I'm actually looking for current places, things that exist right now and are not in immediate danger of disappearing or already disapparing (such as what you mention about Times Square)

11-16-2010, 06:19 AM
I am sure all the burroughs in NYC have a section that is considered sin city. The city is just too large not too...

11-16-2010, 07:01 AM
I remember seeing a "museum of sex" in Fifth Avenue... from the outside only, that is.

11-16-2010, 07:21 AM
I remember seeing a "museum of sex" in Fifth Avenue... from the outside only, that is.

233 5th Avenue - www.museumofsex.com (http://www.museumofsex.com)

Scores is on West 28th Street:


I know there are other strip clubs because you see them advertised on top of taxis all over Manhattan.

Sex shops include Babeland (which has three locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn)


For really high end lingerie and sex toys, there's Kiki de Montparnasse:


(The original source for these names is the Zagat shopping guide. I have personally never been in any of them.)

11-16-2010, 07:28 AM
Oh, wow, this is awesome! Thank you! :D

(I've only been once to NYC, and I was travelling with my dad and grandad, so sex shops never remotely entered into the tour)

Wayne K
11-16-2010, 01:48 PM
There are a few sex shops on 6th Avenue in the 20s, but they're disappearing slowly. Times Square is Disney land now, so that's out.

Seriously, they've been gotten rid of

Noah Body
11-16-2010, 06:17 PM
There's also Sin City in the south Bronx, right across the Harlem River. Not that I go there, oh me oh my.

Too bad Plato's Retreat closed down... ;)

11-16-2010, 06:39 PM
A lot of bars do burlesque shows. You can search them on Time Out New York.

11-17-2010, 12:04 AM
Is it too late for me to be here talking about sex?

Until it became utterly trendy and heinous, the Meat Packing District was where streetwalkers, usually trannies, worked. Most popular time of day? Early mornings! That's when business men coming in from the tunnel would pull over for a quick BJ. That's largely vanished in the last 8 years, but there are occasional streetwalkers who still materialize over in that part of town like flying dutch(wo)men in the wee hours.

Similarly, East 28th Street around Park Avenue has lots of Eastern European hookers who hang out at the 24-hour McDonald's. They usually work from big SUVs that cruise the block. It used to be a much bigger red light district there, actually. Right around the corner is Le Trapeze, a swinger's club that's been around forever and even has a steam table buffet with mac & cheese, which is the most disgusting thing I've ever heard of. Fill up on some buffet food and throw down in a room full of strangers. Sexy!

Continuing the rep of 28th Street as the Sin Strip (you can get a look at it in its heyday if you rent TAXI DRIVER - the Belmont Cafeteria where DeNiro hangs out with other cab drivers is right at 28th and Park, across the street from said McD's) there are a ton of expensive, bottle service nightclubs on West 28th where sometimes the table girls and "bartenders" are young women looking for a sugar daddy either for the evening or for a longer engagement.

The East Side Baths and the West Side Baths still exist, although the East Side Baths is a bit of a wrinkle room. Also, Unicorn and a few other video stores have booths where adult activity takes place.

There are tales of some basement brothels being run up in Spanish Harlem, around 117th Street and Lexington, but they come and go like the wind and never stay in one place for very long.

Out in Queens there are still taxi dancers where lonely Mexican men can blow their dishwashing money on women who will dance with them, talk about home with them and, occasionally, sleep with them.

Lots of Craigslist prostitution, just like in any other city.

Google around: there are several sex clubs that still operate, most of them gay, but occasional hetero ones. Also, there are the roving Leg Up and SPAM parties, which are great big orgies.

11-17-2010, 12:12 AM
Thanks, GradyHendrix! That was definitely helpful :)

11-17-2010, 12:28 AM
lonely Mexican men can blow their dishwashing money

You can make money washing the dishes? I've been doing that for free for 20 years! I demand a retribution! >=O

11-17-2010, 04:21 PM
You can make money washing the dishes? I've been doing that for free for 20 years! I demand a retribution!I don't know if you can get retribution, but I bet you could get a coupon for a free taxi dance if you asked nicely.

Velma deSelby Bowen
11-17-2010, 08:07 PM
Grady's got most of the current ones in Manhattan. I will also observe that there are several houses of domination/s&m parlors in the east 20s. Not sure about the piers around Christopher Street any more, though they used to be a gathering place for gay sex. Lesbians tend to do private/invitational-via-email parties in clubs on the Lower East Side, the last I heard. Oh, and there's still a hot sheets hotel in the Meatpacking District that does good business, easy to get to from Chelsea as well.

11-18-2010, 05:22 PM
Not sure about the piers around Christopher Street any more, though they used to be a gathering place for gay sex.

What's really interesting is that with the Highline Park and all the money being thrown around the Meat Packing District, the Christopher Street piers have become nocturnal playgrounds for LGBT kids. Tons of teenagers, mostly minority and queer, gather in packs over in that hood at night. They're super-obnoxious, as most packs of kids are, but I don't think they're having sex over there (any more than any kids in groups at night anywhere are having sex).

There's been a ridiculous amount of conflict between them and local homeowners who just want these darn kids to get off their lawn/sidewalk and let them get a good night's sleep.

Oh, and one other quick thing in favor of 28th Street being the Equator of Sin, the Museum of Sex (which is decidedly NOT very sexy) is right on 28th!

11-20-2010, 12:47 AM
After writing my previous response to this question, I realized that my second book has a short list of S&M clubs in Manhattan...

(Two women are found murdered, with marks indicating they'd been tied up recently. They were working when they were killed and were dressed to cover up the marks, so my MC is exploring the possibility that they were in a B&D scene with the same person.)

Here's the line where the MC is reading of the names on a list that was provided to him:

“Paddles, the friendly S&M club, West 20’s. Fetish Fortress, Chinatown. Jezebel’s, Wall Street. Tempest Female Wrestling Club, East 20’s.”

For the purposes of my book, I created a very exclusive, members-only club on the Upper East Side.

Velma deSelby Bowen
11-21-2010, 05:35 PM
I think that Paddles may still be the only "public" club. Used to be Paddles, Hellfire, and The Vault, but the other two closed down (though Hellfire opened a playspace in Green-Wood Heights in Brooklyn a few years ago). By "public," I mean that you could just walk in; for a while, you had to buy a membership (which, oddly enough, lasted for one night) to go to some of the other clubs.

11-25-2010, 10:34 AM
I went there about a year ago and there were a LOT of sex shops that toted having peep shows and the like. Even walked into one that had 'illicit' porn (by that, I mean things that are HIGHLY illegal). So, they are out there, just few and far between.

I was staying about 5 blocks south of Times Square. None of them had names, per se, but it was just outside of Hell's Kitchen. Madame X also tried to be something that it wasn't. Do a Google search on them and you may find something of use.

Wayne K
11-25-2010, 10:42 AM
Can you be more specific? I live here and I can't find LOTS of them anywhere. I see them here and there, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong places. I'm researching my next book, so it would be helpful.

If it's in or around Hell's Kitchen then things have changed because that was never allowed when I was young. Sex and drugs were forbiden past Ninth Avenue

11-25-2010, 10:49 AM
Great thread, all. As the little guy with a sign says, I have nothing to add....

11-28-2010, 07:05 PM
We stayed at the Hampton Inn on 39th and 8th and there were a slew of sex shops right around the corner, just south of Times Square.

Wayne K
11-28-2010, 07:21 PM
Thank you. I've been there. If you guys had seen the neighborhood ten or twenty years ago you'd understand what I mean when I say the red light district and sex shops are gone. This may seem like a lot, but in my day you had more activity than this in the hotel lobby :D

I dont know if that's good or bad, but I miss the good old days

11-30-2010, 07:28 PM
One thing to keep in mind with NYC sex shops is that while there are still some "sex shops" that exclusively sell dirty DVDs, magazines and paraphenalia, most of them are in tourist heavy areas like the West Village. What are more common now, especially since a 2001 law, is that any shop selling erotic materials must be a "60/40" store which means that no more than 40% of their floorspace goes to selling porn.

The result is that a lot of these places sell a ton of martial arts bootleg DVDs now, tattoo magazines, hookahs and glass pipes and clothing (t-shirts, furry bikinis).