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Best Sex Shop, 2015


On a leafy Williamsburg corner, the artfully decorated window display barely conceals the cozy interior of Shag, casually redefining the idea of seedy sex shops in favor of an artsy seduction emporium. The boutique’s focus isn’t merely on intercourse but also on discourse, offering options for intellectual foreplay — like handmade greeting cards with scandalous messages, screenings of erotic films, or the rotating art gallery of works that go well beyond pornographic and into deeper examinations of human sexuality. Lingerie and jewelry made by locals sit side by side with organic lubes and designer sex toys from sleek brands like Lelo and Ovo. And then there’s the kiosk of kink: a stunning array of floggers, handcuffs, and blindfolds that might be intimidating if not for the regular workshops Shag hosts; the Shibari course on Japanese rope bondage is so popular it’s now a monthly occurrence. 108 Roebling Street, Brooklyn 11211, 347-721-3302,

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