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I was still in high school i beleive when i first discovered the piers and more importantly the warehouses on them,i had LOTS of fun in them and cant even imagine how i used to go there on my own during the day when i was supposed to be in school.I got a much better education for it 😉
Comment by DJ Fruit Loops — April 7, 2012 @ 10:54 am
Mmmm. What was that porn movie that was filmed, pretty much entirely, on the piers? Joe didn’t do it, but it had a real “Gage” feel to it. Masculine men, lots of different ages and “types.”
LOL. That was it. It came to me about 3am last night. Hmmm. It seems like there was a lot more gay adult films coming out of NYC back then. Of course, every film maker seemed to want his film to look like “Taxi Driver” or “Midnight Cowboy.” Where the City itself was like another character.
As with early film makers (1910-1920), the Gay Film Industry seemed to decamp in the general direction of Hollywood. Some of Joe’s “Sex File” films are done in the boroughs around NYC.
I’ve never quit figured out my affection for NY. I’ve never been there. But, I read a lot about it. But it finally occurred to me that my interest is for a NY that no longer exists. More nostalgia, than anything else. And, it stretches from Whitman’s NY to Cadmus to Samuel Delany. They all live together in my head.
Delany’s “Times Square Red, Times Square Blue” is a good read. A snapshot of a time and place, now gone. Another good read is “February House” by Bockley. WWII and W.H. Auden, Gypsy Rose Lee, Carson McCullen, the Bowles Couple, Benjamin Britten, Thomas Mann’s children all share digs under one roof. Auden helped Lee write “The G-String Murders.” When looking up this info, I see it’s been made into a musical!