Yesterday I spent the afternoon walking the streets of Manhattan. In the evening I went by this adult video shop and peep show nested on 8th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets. It is one of the few remaining in the area and reminded me just how different Times Square looked at the time I came to live in the City in 1993 and their neon-lit windows seemed to define New York.
Mind you, unlike many who miss the squalor and "grittiness" of the old Times Square, I don't miss the insecurity, the street prostitution, the corner crack sales or the trash. But there's also something about the cleaned up, tourist ready spectacle of lightbulbs and Disney theaters that saps the soul as well.
For some reason, it made me feel nostalgic.
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