Seemingly overnight, a new T-Mobile cell phone store and internet cafe opened up in the 1717 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront, replacing the business and hearkening back to the heady days of, um, cell phone shops opening on Sheepshead Bay Road and internet cafes being a thing. What was that, like, 2004? Where has the time gone…
Revealing photos like this once decorated the display's back wall
KamaSutra, the 1717 Sheepshead Bay Road “sex shop” that hawks toys, lingerie and smoking paraphernalia, has once again toned down its window display.
The store’s owner was confronted by neighbors and local politicians when it opened last month because of the provocative display that included photos of women in see-through body stocking and penis-shaped objects. They made minor changes in the face of controversy, primarily removing bongs from the display but leaving some more prurient items.
Their latest change is a major clean-up, removing many of the scantily clad photos of buxom babes from the back wall, and replacing it with a reflective foil.
But the changes appear to be their personal preference, and not a concession to outraged neighbors. When we called to ask, an employee said their was no particular reason for the alteration.
A “sex shop” opened on Sheepshead Bay Road this Tuesday, and its risqué window display is getting residents hot under the collar, spurring one local politician to take action.
KamaSutra at 1717 Sheepshead Bay Road sells skimpy lingerie, sex toys, novelties and massage oils, in addition to a handful of unrelated merchandise like glass pipes and water pipes.
The owner, who declined to give a name other than “John,” said he’s been running shops like KamaSutra for thirty years. He thought Sheepshead Bay is as good a location as any to pimp his provocative products.
“A place like this is going to work anywhere,” he said. “We’re all the same. We all use lingerie, we use toys. This can work anywhere.”
But some residents and store owners along Sheepshead Bay Road want KamaSutra out, saying it doesn’t belong in the neighborhood.