Sunflower Video at 119 Essex Street

Posted on: February 11th, 2010 at 6:28 am by

In a post last week, Jeremiah discussed the trajectory of smut along the Deuce (if it can even be called that anymore).  Adult bookshops sprang up in the thirties, and became increasingly more hardcore over the years.  As technology changed, so did the industry, and peep shows, video, and DVD shops eventually took control. The crackdown of the nineties spelled doom for many of these businesses.  But, there are still holdouts across the city.  In the Lower East Side, though, Sunflower Video at 119 Essex Street is one of the last of its kind in the neighborhood.

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Located just below Rivington, the 24-hour shop boasts a deep collection of “all kind of videos.”  Their window display is rather tame, but still includes the requisite porn posters, sex toys, and miscellaneous erotica.  Gotta be low key.

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Now it seems Sunflower is encountering some problems with vandalism.  According to a sign taped to the facade, storekeepers are offering a reward of $1,000 to anyone who can identify “the individual who vandalize and graffiti of the storefront.”

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