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Best Sex Shop (on Staten Island), 2010


Located in the shadow of the Goethals Bridge, next to an empty field where you can easily imagine the Sopranos burying bodies, Staten Island’s Nitecap Video is the largest porn shop on the East Coast. How does the enormous warehouse survive in this faraway corner of the five boroughs, and who the hell goes to porn stores when there is so much porn available on the Internet? Maybe straight guys like the salesgirls, who seem like waitresses who didn’t quite make the cut at Hooters. Maybe Staten Island dads on the down-low like visiting the upstairs video arcade, one the city’s last. It certainly seems like the brides-to-be, who routinely stop here during Island bachelorette parties, enjoy holding one of the store’s thousand or so dildos before making a purchase. But it’s not certain that everyone likes getting sexual advice from Sonny, the owner’s septuagenarian father and self-proclaimed “Hugh Hefner of Staten Island,” who wanders the aisles and offers tips for satisfying your lover to anyone who will listen.

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