42nd Street Tenderloin

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42nd Street Tenderloin

Section: Midtown

Neighborhood: Midtown, Theater District/Times Square

Address: W40th to 42nd between 8th and 10th Ave.

Where there are dreams and dreamers there are those whose dreams have been crushed. After cleaning up the bulk of Times Square and the Theater District, there still remain persistent reminders and pockets of the underside of New York City. These blocks were once lined with plush theatres and cinemas as Vaudeville flourished. Now the area is rooted in very different kinds of performing arts.

Glorious old theaters have been converted into peep shows, adult theaters, low class strip joints, hotels that rent by the hour, check cashing stores that do not require ID, hookers, pimps, drug addicts, perverts, bums, smack dealers, thugs...you name it...it's there....it's the pornography and red light district capital of the city...and everyone has an angle.

It is the land of lost hopes and dreams...where wide-eyed, ambitious runaways from small towns end up whoring themselves for a few bucks when their options have run out and the needle or shard has them in its clutches.

OOC Note: NYC is undergoing a lot of IRL gentrification and the majority of the area is cleaned up. Google Street View will show a variety of empty lots and barricades marking off construction areas. This is still evidence of the clean up. In WoDG, the area is not cleaned up. It's very much like it was portrayed in the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver.

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