The obituary has been written for the last standing location of Kim’s Video & Music. But like any good title in the zombie movie section, this East Village video store operation may rise again in some form.
Pressed by higher rents, [owner Yongman] Kim said he plans to close the First Avenue store at the end of next month, 27 years after he opened the first one, on Avenue A, in 1987. But this is more than a story of rising rents and the disruption wrought by digital streaming. It’s the tale of a downtown culture now largely lost, one in which clerks and creative types mingled, influencing one another and the scene as well…
Kim is taking business classes and plans to return with the Kim’s brand in some way. He’s also thinking of moving back to the Lower East Side from New Jersey, where he now lives.
Roston got some nice memories of Kim’s from TV personality Eddie Huang, NYU film professor Alexandre Rockwell, musician Richard Hell, artist Aaron Bodaroff and director Darren Aronofsky. Read their words here.