2005_12_pornstore.jpgAh, the ongoing fight between stores that sell adult materials and the neighborhoods that don't want them anymore. A number of stores that sell "adult materials" have successfully appealed a lower court ruling which held up a city law that said any business that sells any bit of porno is an adult business. Previously, the city had allowed stores to operate under a "60/40 rule": If 60% or more of their floor space/inventory was non-porn-related, it would be classified just as a business. (Yes, that's why some of those stores you pass by on Sixth Avenue are selling old copies of the Scooby Doo movie when most customers just head to the back.) But in 2001, in a bit of Giuliani, the city tacked on the amendment that "exiled such businesses from all neighborhoods outside certain industrial areas." According to the Daily News, Appellate Court Judge Susan Read wrote that the "[the city has to show that the 6-0/40 businesses still display a] predominant, ongoing focus on sexually explicit materials or activities."

Can you imagine being the city lawyer on that case, and the evidence you'd have to submit? That reminds Gothamist of when we interned at Warner Bros. during college, Stanley Kubrick would ask the NY office to send him various porn magazines and products from NYC porn shops, all in the name of researching Eyes Wide Shut.