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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

On Bridges and Changing Times

Manhattan bridge, NYC
Photo by myself at the base of the Manhattan Bridge on the East Side.

It was early and not many people were about, when I visited this bridge a short while ago. At least one woman was all dressed up and ready to go.


Monday I heard that Kim's Video, 'the' place in the East Village to find all the esoteric music and film you'd ever need, is no longer. Kim's has long symbolized New York's love of arts and quirky history.

Apparently most of Kim's collection is being donated to Sicily (!). So if you have a hankering for cult movies, you'll have to grab your passport and hop on a plane. Having to compete with Netflix, the store had met its match.

As an Upper West Sider and Brooklynite, I never rented from Kim's. But I think just about every New Yorker knew it as the place to go. Now the store will figure as yet another mythical piece of New York's past, when small independent stores were all there were.

For more about Kim's sad demise, click here

Related posts: Pulling Strings on the Subway Platform, Live Music, Union Square and Subway Jam Session.


elsie said...

I think I heard the story about Kim's video's going to Italy on NPR - great bridge shot!

Kitty said...

Hi Elsiee

dianasfaria.com said...

oh, I love this shot!
so sad about Kim's...

Ming the Merciless said...

Awesome photo. The B&W effect plus the woman flair skirt give this a vintage feel. Great job on the effect!

New York Times reported that the collection of movies from Kim's Video are now housed at a library in northwest Italy.

Fredrik said...

Strong picture, I like the black and white!
It's sad when small and unique shops close. We see it over here too. The chain stores are taking over and the supply is similar everywhere.