In a Curbed first, today's Destructoporn actually involves porn. Despite the attempts of preservationists to save it, the Playpen?the seedy Eighth Avenue theater built in 1916 that went through many incarnations (including a stint as the gay porn spot the Adonis)?looks to be a goner. This photo posted on Wired New York yesterday shows that scaffolding is up and the marquee is gone. The clock has been ticking on the Playpen for a while, as developer Tishman Speyer wasn't shy about the tear-down plans. Online petitions can only go so far, unfortunately.
· Playpen Demolition Would Be Blight on Civilization [Curbed]
· Group Rallies to Spare Seedy Eighth Avenue Theater [Curbed]