Today is the last day for Peep World, the porn shop across from Madison Square Garden. The cashier told me they are closing for good tonight at 6:00.
Go before it's too late. They're having a major "closing down sale"-- all DVDs are $5 (except for the bestiality movies, which go for $10).
The upstairs, where once were "live girls," is closed and packed with cardboard boxes and other junk. The walls are hung with the usual latex goods--synthetic penises and vaginas--along with vibrating eggs, pumps, clamps, and plush-lined handcuffs in friendly cotton-candy colors. The toys are also on sale--"Everything must go."
In the back, where a sign says "No Hanging Around," men hang around. They lean against the buddy booths, waiting for other men to step inside. They lurk and leer, hands in their pockets or fanning dollar bills.
To watch the videos, you get a handful of neatly folded one-dollar bills in exchange for a ten and step into a private booth. The videos are vivid, an onslaught of images, parts slamming into parts. A woman does unfathomable things with a stallion. A man does unfathomable things with his interior organs. In another, a woman with a cane falls onto the floor outside her apartment door as she struggles with her groceries. Luckily, her muscled, shirtless neighbor is there to help--and he likes women with canes.
Many people will be glad to hear Peep World has vanished. They will say it was an offense for one reason or another. Of course, what's to come won't be viewed as worse.
We learned last summer that Peep World will be turned into another branch of Murray Hill's Overlook Lounge, known as "The Home of the Oklahoma Sooners." They specialize in hot wings and pommes frites, and feature a TV screen at every booth tuned to a sporting event. Their customers are often seen dressed in mardi gras beads and football jerseys for out-of-town teams.
As the Overlook's owners told DNA, they "plan to spend several million dollars" to turn Peep World into "a very large gastropub." And so goes the way of all flesh in current-day New York.
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