is not down with new neighbors

Looks like 14th st. is in for some more major changes. First there was yesterday’s groundbreaking for a new 202-unit “ugly as shit” residential complex. Now there’s another proposed condo building in the planning stages, right next to the Armory., the building’s current occupants, are obviously not to pleased with a new building blocking off the killer view of the Armory’s glorious profile. On top of that, they cite the need for historical preservation of the building, which is totally what Kink is all about. As you may know, throughout the 20s-40s, the Armory was used as a sporting arena (the “Madison Square Garden of the West”) and to this day Kink hosts such high-profile sporting events as nude wrestling, whip skill competitions, and simultaneous-intercourse world record attempts.

The article at Curbed indicates Kink is interested in eventually restoring the main space for events, which does sound amazing. Can’t wait to check out a concert there, though I’ll be sure to wipe down my seat first. Head over to Curbed SF for the details.

[via Curbed SF]

14 Responses to “ is not down with new neighbors”

  1. clearly got their bluff called on an opportunity to buy the space.

  2. scum says:


  3. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    My opinions on have been well established.

    That being said, I think they’re right on this one. Building a 5-story tower (be it as “ugly as shit” as the one proposed, or be it some beautiful hypothetical structure) only a few feet from the wall/windows, as planned, is a terrible idea.

    That’s not even mentioning that building apartments four feet from a giant unreinforced masonry wall is probably not a very good idea in and of itself.

    • drip says:

      i think once the city deems a building fit to be sold to a violent pornography empire it loses its nomination for ‘historical preservation’.

    • “My opinions on have been well established.”

      Please refresh my memory — I’ve bantered with you a lot, here, and I cannot remember your opinions on this subject.

      I happen to like them in the abstract, but suspect that, in practice, I would be in a different room (in a different building). Freedom of speech, and all that. Oh, and I like what they’ve done with the property!

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        Well, I know four people who have worked for Kink, two of them as performers, and the other two behind the scenes. All four of them describe it as a terrible place to work (the company, not the building), to the extent they each ended up quitting rather than continuing to put up it.

        • Hmm… well, that’s not good. “Terrible” in what way, though?

          I’ve been with my employer for 16 years and, while I wouldn’t describe them as perfect, I wouldn’t say they were “terrible”, either.

          • Code Duh says:

            I second the Doktor! I know a exactly three people who have worked for kink, as performers and production cogs. There are management problems, frequent turnover, low pay, and …some things that question the integrity of the whole enterprise. I will spare you of the specifics because well… I’ll put it this way- you can actually IMAGINE what it might be…

            Of course everything heard through the grapevine should always be taken with a grain of salt, purely because things always get diluted as they travel from one person to the next…

            That’s ultimately the moral of my story- take everything in full perspective.

          • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

            Well, the on-screen workers I know have described unsafe working conditions, refusal to respect guidelines/limits laid-down before the session, including “safewords” etc.

            Behind the scenes people have described more general complaints… mis-management and a hostile work environment (yelling and bullying), unrealistic or even impossible technical demands… stuff like that.

            *shrug* Obviously, this is hearsay, but the fact that it has come back to me from multiple people is what leads me to believe that it is enough to label as a “terrible place to work”.

        • new says:

          I’d be curious to know which alt-porn empires are the “good ones” to work for?

          I remember a big kerfuffle a few years back about suicidegirls…

          You mean the adult industry is generally somewhat shady?

          I’m SHOCKED.

          (difficulty: I used to be a strip club DJ)