The Strange Fate of Kim’s Video
This article from The Village Voice chronicles the sad, strange tale of what happened to the collection from New York’s Kim’s Video. Kim’s Video was a very strange place, and a very New York place. Despite that this twisted story ends up in Italy, it’s a very New York story. It’s a long piece, but definitely worth reading.
I think I should note here, as a former New Yorker, going to Kim’s Video was not the most pleasant experience. It was a bit holier-than-thou. It was however an unprecedented resource. It was, in short, very New York, the kind of thing that draws people to what is a very people unfriendly place.
From 1995 until January 2009, a music and movie megastore called Mondo Kim’s took up the bulk of a five-story building at 6 St. Marks Place in the East Village. The top floor was rented out as apartments, and the fourth floor was used by Yongman Kim—the owner of the building and of Mondo Kim’s—as office space. The third floor held what was widely considered to be the best, most diverse video-rental collection in New York City. Click here to read the rest.