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Here Are The Best Sex Shops In NYC

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    Along with its iconic skyscrapers and impressive selection of pizza locations, NYC is home to a true diversity of sex shops. Are you surprised? The city that never sleeps needs something to do all night. With so much choice, you might never run out of options and surprises for bringing something extra to the bedroom (or wherever).

    The city's sex shops cater to a variety of needs. There's a store for the bargain hunter, the indie enthusiast, the timid first-timer, and bonafide sex toy veterans. Spend a day browsing a giant superstore of sex items, or find the store that caters to your specific kink. Some of these have been made famous, but a majority are local favorites that come (ha!) recommended highly by the people who frequent them. Whether you're a native New Yorker who has yet to explore this side of the city, or an out-of-towner thinking of taking a trip to the Big Apple to see everything it has to offer, you'll find your perfect destination ahead. (And we'll be updating this post, so don't forget to check back for more great NYC sex shops.)

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    Babeland

    With three NYC locations, Babeland has got the sex shop game on lock. Stepping inside is no different from stepping into any retail store with its bright color scheme and well-organized shelves. It's the perfect way for sex shop beginners to have a gentle introduction.

    Babeland, 94 Rivington St (between Orchard and Ludlow Streets); (212) 375-1701; 43 Mercer St (between Broome and Grand Streets); (212) 966-2120; 462 Bergen St (between 6th and 5th avenues); (718) 638-3820

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    Rainbow Station NYC

    For your 24/7 sex needs, Rainbow Station is positioned on a bustling street in Chelsea and carries pretty much anything you could ask for in the way of toys, clothes, and videos. It leans towards a more LGBTQ demographic, but its over 1,000 videos can be enjoyed by anyone of any orientation in one of eight private booths.

    Rainbow Station, 203 8th Ave (between 21st and 22nd streets); (212) 206-7259

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    The Pleasure Chest

    If you're looking for a sex toy shopping experience that's akin to browsing fine perfumes or expensive jewelry, then The Pleasure Chest's glass displays and carefully positioned merchandise should do the trick.

    The Pleasure Chest, 1150 2nd Ave (between 60th and 63rd Streets); (212) 355-6909; 156 Seventh Avenue South (between Charles Street and Waverly Place); (212) 242-2158.

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    Purple Passion

    Purple Passion offers local merchandise with a tendency towards BDSM. After opening in 1992, the store merged with gay leather fetish store DV8 in 2001 in an effort to achieve the broadest fetish selection in the city.

    Purple Passion, 211 West 20th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues); (212) 807-0486