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Leather History - The Vault

There has been legions of press this past year about NYC's infamous SM club, The Vault. Most of is it is due to one of their managers trying to sell a movie about the famous attendees of the club. (For those who are unfamiliar, take another look at Madonna's SEX book, with a full photo shoot that took place there.)

One of the discussions I've seen now and then has been people asking what happened to the equipment inside? Now, we have the answer. The City bought them.

Read the Village Voice's article about the closure of The Vault here.


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Aug. 30th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
I read that article about a week ago (I think someone linked to it in TES-talk). What I found most interesting - and amusing - was the image of government types cataloging every last detail of every X frame, spanking bench, etc. :)
Aug. 30th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I found this a while ago too, and wrote a bit about it, too.
Aug. 30th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank god everything is cyclical, sooner or later something almost as good will pop up again.
Aug. 30th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
I wish I was as confident as you.

The trouble in the NY scene today, as seen by the subsequent closing of Hellfire/Manhole and The LURE, is the real estate market. While in the past the attitude of "someone will built" it worked, today it is a much larger question of "who can afford it?"

Let's face it - a SM play club is not a big moneymaker. And to get real estate large enough in Manhattan, it will take a whole lot of money.

People have tried opening up play spaces in the outer boroughs (Fetish Warehouse, plus there was another club who's name I am forgetting), where spaces are cheaper and larger. Unfortunately, they never get the draw they need to succeed - too many borough snobs, or just being located in hard to get to places. And sometimes, see Fetish Warehouse, the clubs just suck.

We're lucky to have Paddles today, and that is saying something. I'm not very confident that we'll see a greater play space in NYC in the future.
Aug. 30th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Well, that sucks...

And I wanted that sex chair, the one from Madonna's book... it belonged to Wally... wish me luck in finding out where they went... we're going to ask the city. = )
Aug. 31st, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
If you want, I can drive you to a few of the local city trash dumps... which is where I'm putting my money on that it wound up.
Aug. 31st, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
I was being *very* positive... more likely, it went to a recycler.
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