A tipster writes in to say that Kim's Mediapolis uptown has closed its doors. The Columbia Spectator confirms that the movie and music store at 113th and Broadway closed on September 15:
"'Business has really slowed down with the advent of Netflix,' said Morningside Heights branch manager Kenny Mativey... An increase in rent has also hurt Kim’s, which leases property from Columbia."
photo: workinpana's flickr
I guess Kim's held no hard feelings against its landlord, because the Spectator also reports that they donated their entire movie rental collection to Columbia’s Butler Media Collection: "approximately 17,500 DVDs, 500 DVD boxed sets, and 10,000 VHS tapes." Said a librarian there, “The Kim’s collection will be an important addition, particularly in areas of U.S. and foreign feature film titles, anime, and television programming.”
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A Ricky's will be moving in to the spot, starting with lots of Halloween costumes. Says one commenter at the Spectator, "how many ricky's does this town need? they're like starbucks now." Another just opened at 13th and 6th, former site of Cosi sandwiches--that makes either 18 or 19 for Manhattan.
As I reported here earlier, a new Kim's is opening in the East Village, on 1st Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets. The sign is up and the shelves just went in this past weekend.