Virtual Talk: Gritty Old Times Square Part II


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Untapped New York tour guide Robert Brenner will regale you with his encyclopedic knowledge of the former peepshows, grindhouses, adult book stores, dive bars, hotsheet hotels, sex clubs, porno theaters, and massage parlors–not to mention all three locations of the New York Times. We will explore the history of Times Square and how it got that way through the story of one very special theater. (You’ll never guess what was performing there just before COVID-19 shut down Broadway!) Then we will branch out and discuss two critical players in the evolution of the Times Square sex industry: the King of the Peeps, and the reclusive genius behind the McDonalds of Sex. Finally, due to popular demand, we will examine the rise, fall, and possible rise again of the Filthiest Hotel in the World—it makes the Overlook Hotel from The Shining look like the Ritz!


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