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Nov 30 2023
Les Hommes, NYC's Premier & Oldest Gay Adult Store On The Upper West Side, To Shutter Comments (0)

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I am hearing word that Les Hommes (217-B W. 80th St., 2nd Fl., NYC), the last gay adult store on the UWS of NYC — one which has been operating since 1979 — will soon close.

The building has been sold, and the business is expected to shutter by early January.

If you've never been, it's an experience. And it used to be even more so, before laws were enacted necessitating that most of the merch be non-adult in nature. That led to a gay sex shop turning into your one-stop-shopping for old VHS and DVD copies of movies that perhaps haven't hit streaming yet.

Gay male spaces continue to dwindle — for lack of demand? Because of the changing ways in which gay men seek and have sex? Regardless, Les Hommes is about to go the way of the Unicorn. (Literally — the Unicorn, its brother store, closed in Chelsea several years back.)