Don't forget, the seedy, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, skid row part of town
wasn't built for that purpose. It was a respectable neighborhood that
suffered "urban flight" for any number of reasons. The point is that almost
any urban building kits are suitable for your purpose - it's all in how you
weather them and how you detail them. To that end, I also strongly
recommend that you look at the products of Design Preservation, and view
them through the opposite of rose colored glasses. Geezer
Since I had fun being a chops-buster on the other DowntownDeco thread
(and I admit I beat the strip club thing to death - sorry), let me
interject that, in modern day America, outside of certain areas of
Nevada, brothels look like...any other non-descript business or home
(that's always what you see in the pictures when the newspapers write
up stories about big prostitution raids). Because, quite frankly, the
'managers' and 'staff' don't want to call attention to such a business,
for obvious reasons - although the ones I've seen in the newspapers/on
TV sometimes tend to have tighter security (cameras, steel doors, more
fencing, window bars) than their neighbors, although this clearly
depends on the neighborhood.
Heh, even better, put in a beat, run-down motel advertising hourly
rates...there's a modern symbol of 'the bad part of town' without
modeling an overt brothel...
Best sign of the old Times Square (which I saw often when driving to
the Lincoln Tunnel):
"Live Young Girls Working Their Way Through College"
OK, enough sex biz for now, before I get blamed for putting those nude
women images on the e-bay "Model Trains" galleries...
Faller has reintroduced their "Victorian House" as a "night club" (#130440,
"Lila Eule") complete with pink & grey paint scheme, red lights and some
girls & patrons. There are also some figure sets that are called "Sexy
Scenes" I think. They depict what you might expect in a sexy scene.
Are you looking for buildings and such that look like they are a bit
run down or something ?, a company by the name of Downtown Deco had
recently posted pics of new products that might fill in your idea.
Heh, I think nightbear posted the downtown deco link in the second post
- must work for Downtown Deco.
Here's something for the OP, if he's modeling the 1960s through 1980s -
during that period (and even today in some instances), nightclubs,
dance-clubs (real dance clubs, not strip clubs), and rock/punk clubs
were often located in the 'seedy' sections (and for every Studio 54 in
Midtown, there was a CBGBs on the Bowery). Often gaudy painted inside
and out (especially in the 1970s and 1980s) - pink, purple, red, orange
- heck, rainbow stripes; front worn and weathered, ground floor windows
bricked in; and usually lots of posters of upcoming acts on the front
(and on every lightpost and wooden hoarding up and down the block).
Funky lighting too - you can make use of those excess Christmas tree
Clubs can be in any type of brick/masonary buildings, from former
theatres (if they had not been snatched up by a storefront church
first), to stores (brick in those big display windows and paint them
black or purple), to former churches (yes, yes, the Limelight, which
became Avalon), to brownstones (several adjacent ones put together),
Hmm - a block consisting of: a rock club painted purple and blue,
plastered with posters of the upcoming acts (and sidewalks littered
with little promotional cards); next door a beat browstone with a
Pizza/Takeout on the ground floor (open to 4:00AM on weekends for
club-goers); next another beat-up browstone, this ground floor store is
'modernized' in corrugated alumimium, steel door, and small blacken
windows with grates/bars over them (hint: this is the brothel the OP
wanted); next a Bodega with colorful red/yellow awning; and finally a
storefront church, usually some Evanglistic Fundamental congregation
split from a larger group due to differences of opinion between Pastors
- a name like 'Tabernacle of the Resurrection of Christ' will do (or,
equally workable, 'Iglesia Primero de Cristo')
Don't forget the street litter, overflowing corner trash baskets, weeds
growing in the sidewalk cracks, and rags and cardboard left by the
homeless, and you have an excellent Koch-era seedy East Village scene...
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