It’s often lamented that New York City, as it becomes ever-safer and more tourist-friendly, is losing sight of the grittiness and life that made it an interesting city in the first place. Yesterday, the State Supreme Court gave old New York a rare win in the fight against gentrification and cleanliness, ruling unconstitutional a set of laws that were designed to keep adult-oriented business such as XXX stores and strip clubs from operating near schools, churches, and residential neighborhoods. Supreme Court Justice Louis York said the laws, which were put in place in 2001, were a violation of free speech.

Of course, not everyone was happy with the decision. “The city’s ability to regulate adult establishments is critical to preserving neighborhood quality of life,” said Robin Binder, deputy chief of administrative law at the City Law Department.

Porn and strippers for all, no matter where you want them! Hooray.

(Photo: Dave Bledsoe)