The scene down 42nd Street from Bob's Bargain Books, 105 W42nd,in 1967: to the right of the theater and Tad's is the Bee See Book Shop,
at 117 W42nd, target of police raids in the late 1960s.
One of the sleaziest of the Adult Book Stores of the hard core period, 210 W. 42nd Street. Once owned by Mishkin, later probably run by organized crime figures. Photo courtesy of Joe Vasta, Vasta Images, New York City.
Peep booths with gay loops were connected to neighboring booths by “glory holes,” through which men could insert their penises. There were “rap booths” where one could talk to a young woman.
Of course, adult bookstores (with books) have vanished, replaced by adult video and then DVD shops, which will in turn vanish eventually, as they have been year after year, from the streets of Times Square.
Sal Mineo cruising the bookstores