Monday, December 5, 2011

Coming soon to Seventh Street: Tink's Cafe; plus, remembering Body Worship

We don't know anything about this just yet... Dave on 7th spotted the coming soon sign here at 102 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue on Saturday ...

Dave and I reminisced for a moment about a previous tenant — Body Worship, which featured a stainless-steel penis as a door handle.

In the summer of 1994, some parishioners at St. Stanislaus across the street took offense at the store's window display, featuring, as the Times described it — "two mannequins striking sexually revealing master/slave poses prepared to engage in explicit sadomasochistic activities." The owner said it was a safe-sex message.

The lead to the Times article, dated July 10, 1994:

In the heart of the raucous and rowdy East Village, St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church has hung onto its aging Polish congregation even as teen-agers with nipple rings, lime green hair, tattoos and combat boots have swarmed over the neighborhood.

How would you describe this "swarm" today?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would rather keep the Polish congregation and lose the swarm.