I remember a time, back in the 1970’s and ’80’s when Bryant Park was a certain kind of place for a certain kind of person.
I was not one of those people.
There was a public restroom…a small stone building on 42nd Street. If you entered to use the urinal, in the day, in the afternoon and especially after dark, it could cost you your wallet, or worse. Anywhere around the park, if you were so inclined, you could purchase a vial of crack, a needle, a joint, smack, coke or a woman. All very affordable.
It was a creepy place and when I needed to get to nearby Grand Central Station to catch a late train back to Connecticut, I usually crossed the street. But there were temptations there as well. The girlie-peep shows weren’t limited to Times Square. There were a few scattered along 42nd St. all the…
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