The Last Kim’s Video & Music Store is Closing
The 1st Avenue location was the owner's final attempt to eke it out
UPDATE: Kim’s Video and Music is currently seeking a different location, but the 1st Avenue is set to close sometime in July.
Thanks for the nice thoughts. We are hopeful a new location can be found but otherwise, we’ll probably close mid July. Stop in and say hi!
— Kim’s Video (@KimsVideo) April 22, 2014
Unfortunately, it feels like closing has eclipsed crate-digging as the prevalent record shop tradition of late. Today, another landmark makes moves to join the fossil club: the brilliantly weird Kim’s Video and Music on 1st Avenue in New York City. The East Village spot, which will close after a 30 percent clearance sale, is the last in a line of stores owned by proprietor Yongman Kim, who once ran a multimedia empire that spanned the island of Manhattan. The locations in Morningside Heights and the East Village fell like dominoes in recent years; in 2009, Kim’s Video and Music on 1st Avenue opened as the final attempt to eke it out amongst rising rents and falling record sales. It served that purpose for five glorious years but, unfortunately, even this weekend’s Record Store Day couldn’t save its fate.
— Kim’s Video (@KimsVideo) April 21, 2014
With impending pressure to close, Mr. Kim donated his Morningside collection to Columbia University, and the rest of the music is hiding away in a Sicilian storage facility (no, seriously). R.I.P. Kim’s. Long live the rare spot in 2014 where you could pick up a spaghetti Western on VHS and some Wu-Tang vinyl in one stop.