The Forbidden Apple
A Century of Sex & Sin in New York CityPaperback - 2009
The Forbidden Apple: A Century of Sex & Sin in New York City reveals the endless battle between outlaw sex and moral righteousness that has been fought on the streets of America's most licentious city.
Beginning with Gilded Age New York, where upper-class men of society routinely slummed with prostitutes and burlesque dancers--then wrote scathing condemnations of the "Lost Sisterhood" for the next day's papers--and ending with Rudolph Guiliani's crackdown on the city's sexual life, The Forbidden Apple details the major trends in New York's sexual history, including the Victorian-era battles over prostitution; the women's movement at the turn of the twentieth century; the hedonistic roaring twenties; the rise of Times Square as the city's sexual epicenter in the 1940s and 1950s; the birth of the gay rights movement in the 1960s; the decadence and pornography of the 1970s, and the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.
The first-ever comprehensive sexual history of New York City, The Forbidden Apple shows how many of this country's most important sexual trends got their start in New York, and also demonstrates how the repressive forces of morality and decency have waged war against the forces of sexual liberation and freedom throughout the city's history.