Posted in NYC | music on April 21, 2014

(photo via EV Grieve)
Kim's

Just as the glow of Record Store Day is wearing off comes sad news (via EV Grieve) from EV mainstay Kim's Video & Music:

As great as #RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO and MUSIC. (all formats and NRs as well). - [Facebook]
The 1st Ave store was the last of a once healthy NYC empire. It was also one of the last (maybe THE last?) places to find cult/foreign/import DVDs and Blu-Rays. Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place closed in 2009.

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Comments (37)

that sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:50 PM

Ahhhhhh! love this place

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:52 PM

Awesome - hope they open up a Chase branch, I can never find one when I need it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:52 PM

It always seemed busy whenever I went there... Doesn't make sense.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:52 PM

Kim's died when they closed on St Marks...this was just a ghost, now busted.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:54 PM

Yeah we will get a nice Chase to replace Kim's, and maybe A Bank of America to replace Grey's Papaya, and Maybe a condo with a Citibank on the first floor to replace Pearl Paint, then the Shakespeare and Co can become another Starbucks, because why should we be able to go 2 blocks in the village without having that option...At least I can go hang out by the East River and then go see a show at 285 Kent...EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!

Posted by Max Berger | April 21, 2014 2:09 PM

I think they're looking for a new space

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:13 PM

Unless you sell cute pastries or toys you're going to close.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | April 21, 2014 2:15 PM

Sad sign of the times. People clearly aren't buying enough physical music to keep such brick and mortar business open in NYC. That and the rents are too damn high.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:16 PM

Don't forget froyo. Need more froyo places in the city.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:24 PM

Place was big. I guess rent was prolly in the $8000-$9000 month.
That means selling a lot of Ty Segall 45's!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:24 PM

Nothing will be the original chain of Kim's in the mid-90's. They had absolutely everything. Total heaven.

RIP 99% of cool shit in New York

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:32 PM

Found some of my favorite movies and records at Mondo Kim's. Riki-Oh, Evil Dead, Scanners... practically every Criterion DVD. Before downloading HD movies was so easy, this place was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:33 PM

How could you forget Brooklyn Industry t-shirts Mr. FF?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:34 PM

everyone who loves vinyl should love that record stores are closing - that means you get to liven up your collection for dirt cheap. people will always press; you'll just get on amazon.

i know browsing is fun, but the whole storefront experience will be gone sooner than later anyway

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:35 PM

2:35 is an idiot. Amazon's prices are low because their business model is to lose tons of money now to put places like Kim's out of business. Once the competition is eliminated, the prices will go through the roof. They'll even tell you this is their strategy.

RIP Kim's.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:38 PM

Crap.......this was the last good place in Manhattan. Great garage/60's selection.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:48 PM

New records should be bought directly from the band's website or at their shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:58 PM

Some record shops are still flourishing in east village though.
(Turntable Lab, A-One, academy)

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:59 PM

When Kim's was on the 2nd floor on St. Marks Place, near 2nd Avenue in the early 1990's--not the later, old bathhouse location, one of the main store clerks there was this little twerp who was so hostile to everyone who came in the store and was also pretty rough on his co-workers too. One day I walked in and his face looked like it had gone through a mechanical meat tenderizer and where it wasn't bandaged, it was covered in bruises.

My friend who worked there at the time told me the guy had finally gotten his ass kicked in by someone while out on the town one night. It had nothing to do with the store apparently but when he came in to work, none of hios co-workers asked him what happened or if he was alright.

That story make me smile everytime I think of it.

Posted by Rodger Dodger | April 21, 2014 2:59 PM

honor the cool past of NYC, bitches!
vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:07 PM

East village hasn't been cool since the early 80s.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:10 PM

nyc has been dying a slow, ugly death. This one hurts. I've had it with the fucking starbucks,the fucking yogurt. Enough already. Culture is gone, 'kept for froyo.

Posted by death. | April 21, 2014 3:15 PM

Mr. Kim is a terrible businessman.

Posted by Blixa Bargeld | April 21, 2014 3:16 PM

I went to 16 handles one time. I put a bunch of different flavors in my cup and then I put on some toppings. Then I placed my cup on their scale and I saw the number $9.21 come up.

I paid $9.21 for a cup of frozen yogurt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:21 PM

Where will I buy my Foster the People "Supermodel" album?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:21 PM

Sadly, that ship sank when the other location closed before they moved there. Friends, that's why I keep reminding you, download MP3 for free on various pirate sites while chowing down on various creations from The Chef. You'll be happy you did.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:22 PM

DAMN and FUCK

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:23 PM

I'm going to open up a store that sells NYC memories. I'm hiring.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | April 21, 2014 3:31 PM

3:21 According to the ads ALL OVER THIS PAGE, you can listen to the Foster the People album now on Spotify. So apparently they don't even want you to buy it!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:34 PM

3:34 Why do I need mp3s taking up space on my hard drive when I can just stream what I want to hear whenever the mood hits?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 3:45 PM

Had no idea they still had a location open.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 4:18 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 4:49 PM

Jorge hanging from the payphone in front of the hotel smoking dust and crawling into Coney island high konkrete jungle

Posted by eazy L | April 21, 2014 5:31 PM

Good riddance

Fucking Korean mafia rip off store

Fuck me in the arse

Posted by Jose | April 21, 2014 8:32 PM

Dang.

Posted by Allison Sykes | May 27, 2014 4:56 AM

Come to Spain

Posted by Laura Niebla | May 27, 2014 4:57 AM

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