The State Pays for Sex

How a mob-run S&M club put your tax dollars to work

Marini has lots to talk about. He has written his own account of his days at the club ("I call it Tales from the Vault," he says). He has also hooked up with a friend and part- time actor from th eBronx, Anthony Aquilino, to try and peddle a movie about the sex club scene. "There's a million stories from that place," he says.

Where the state took a beating: the Vault, circa 1994
photo: Efrain Gonzales
Where the state took a beating: the Vault, circa 1994

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"It is a movie," agrees David Waxtel. "All these lunatics and mobsters running around in an S&M club. I still run into people who ask, 'When are you opening the Vault again?' I go, 'Oh my God, are you out of your mind?' But it was like an icon. Everyone had an experience there."

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