I said it before and I'll say it again: I'm glad I'm not a kid today in NY. The forces of cleanliness and corporate order (and blank sterile real estate) have won.
Sigh... NYC usedta be so badass.....
Um, the closing of Kim's and other video stores has little to do with "the forces of cleanliness and corporate order." I mean, it's not like they were the target of city renovation efforts due to their unseemly appearances and crime rings. It has to do with the people of NY (such as myself) abandoning them for more convenient options. And on a slightly related note, the security guards at Kim's were about 1000x more churlish and had a bigger chip on their shoulder than ANY cop I've EVER encountered in my twenty-one years of existence.
, I'm not talking about Kim's or video stores-- I was responding to the bigger conversation implied in the preceding post. I'm getting expansive and misty talking about the city in sum-- the forces of cleanliness and corporate order have little to do with the rising and falling of the fortunes of Mr. Fricking Kim by himself.. nor is he a sympathetic enough example for me to want to get real misty for. But if you look at the city after the disappearing of bookstores, videostores, small rock clubs, record stores, individually owned drugstore pharamacies, coffee shops, etc, you'll see that a pattern is emerging-- conglomerates are winning. If you as a 21 yr old buyer want to take all the credit for a process that began before you were born, go right ahead.
Btw the guards there (we talking creaky old Momma Methadone on the second floor? She was sweeter than molasses) were always nice, it's the knuckleheads behind the counters that won Rudest Service In NYC year after year after year. The guards were MOSTLY hardworking west Africans.
If they have bigger chips on their shoulders than any cop you've "EVER encountered in your 21 yrs of existence" (lol) well then kid you need to be thankful you haven't gotten yourself arrested. Do yourself a favor and stay that way.