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Old 06-22-09, 06:04 AM
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DVD shopping in NYC?

Hi all,

Making the trip across the pond next week to NYC for our honeymoon

It's been 10 years since I last visited there, so would really like some advice on some good DVD/music/book stores etc. to visit - be they big chain stores or small independent ones. I know HMV is long gone, as is Kim's, but any recommendations would be much appreciated. My tastes are pretty wide-ranging (both in film and music), so anything from new releases to Criterions will be on my radar.

Will be staying fairly near Times Sq, but please recommend anything that you think is good no matter where in the city it is.

Thanks
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Old 06-22-09, 08:13 AM
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Kim's isn't gone, it just moved to a smaller location a block away. They still carry much of what they used to before, so may be worth a look. J&R likely has the best deals on more mainstream movies. Other than those and some of the stores in Chinatown if you are into Asian flix, Best Buy is your best bet. There are also street vendors that do sometimes have great deals on legit DVDs and Blu-rays, but nothing is constantly there enough that I would recommend going out of your way for it.
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Old 06-22-09, 08:18 AM
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J&R is probably the best place to go - it's easy to get to from Times Square area. With both Tower and Virgin gone, it's the only place in NYC that has an extensive selection.
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DVD shopping in the city was much better just a few years ago.
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Old 06-22-09, 09:57 AM
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I remember ENTERTAINMENT OUTLET being a good place to shop in NYC. It it still in business? It would be a pretty easy walk from the Times Square area to 40th and Fifth Ave.
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Thanks a lot for all the above suggestions, guys - useful to know about Kim's having moved. So I take it it's now at 124 First Avenue? The old one was at St, Marks Pl, right?

Thanks again

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Thanks a lot for all the above suggestions, guys - useful to know about Kim's having moved. So I take it it's now at 124 First Avenue? The old one was at St, Marks Pl, right?

Thanks again

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Yes, St. Marks is gone, their store uptown near Columbia University is gone, the Christopher Street store (near Sheridan Square) is closing by the end of June, so what's left is:

Located in the East Village

124 First Avenue

(Between 7th & 8th Streets)

New York, NY 10009

Tel. 212-533-7390

Fax. 212-533-5396

Business Hours: Monday Thru. Sunday 10:00AM - Midnight
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I remember ENTERTAINMENT OUTLET being a good place to shop in NYC. It it still in business? It would be a pretty easy walk from the Times Square area to 40th and Fifth Ave.
Still in business and highly recommended. I go there every few days as I work in the area. Just picked up Steve McQueen's "Dead or Alive" boxset Season 2 for 5 dollars.
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^ Great, thanks guys
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I remember ENTERTAINMENT OUTLET being a good place to shop in NYC. It it still in business? It would be a pretty easy walk from the Times Square area to 40th and Fifth Ave.
Also the one at 14th street near 6th ave.
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good to kims isnt gone, they always had tons of stuff. they are on the pricey side tho. and ill be checking out entertainment outlet for sure when i head back to NY.

its sad to see St. Marks now, EVERYTHING is pretty much gone
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Hi all,

Making the trip across the pond next week to NYC for our honeymoon

It's been 10 years since I last visited there, so would really like some advice on some good DVD/music/book stores etc. to visit - be they big chain stores or small independent ones. I know HMV is long gone, as is Kim's, but any recommendations would be much appreciated. My tastes are pretty wide-ranging (both in film and music), so anything from new releases to Criterions will be on my radar.

Will be staying fairly near Times Sq, but please recommend anything that you think is good no matter where in the city it is.

Thanks
Since you are staying near Times Square, you can always check the local porno shops that sell regular movies (if you pass a porn shop that advertises regular films in the window, that's one way of figuring that out if you are embarrassed to check every single porno shop..haha) - they always release DVDs at least 2 weeks before official dvd release date.

ALL FOREIGN DVDs:
Kim's Video (itís the best international DVD store in NYC...or even the world!)

JAPANESE DVDs:
Book Off
14 E 41st Street, NYC
(Between Fifth Ave & Madison Ave)
212-685-1410

JAPANESE DVDs:
HQ Video (itís the best Japanese DVD store in NYC - they make perfect quality Region-free bootlegs. If you know that there's a new Japanese DVD released with English subtitles, they can order it for you and make you a bootleg)
21 West 45th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
(Between 5th & 6th Ave)
Phone: 212-221-0027

HONG KONG/CHINESE DVDs:
There are three stores on Bowery street near the corner of Canal Street in Chinatown

KOREAN DVDs:
Korya Bookstore (which has very big selection of Korean DVD) and two other Korean DVD stores
Somewhere on 32nd Street, NYC
(Between 6th and 5th Ave)

RUSSIAN/FRANCE/ITALY DVDs:
There are about 4 Russian DVD stores in a radius of about 6 blocks on Brighton Beach Ave. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (40 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

POLISH DVDs:
Go to Greenpoint, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

INDIAN/TAMIL DVDs:
Go to Jackson Heights, Queens (30 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

GREEK DVDs:
Go to Long Island City, Queens (20 minutes from center of Manhattan by subway)

TURKISH/ARABIC DVDs:
934 Third Avenue, 1st Flr
Brooklyn, NY 11232 (take the D, M, N, or R to 36th Street at 4th Ave)
www.tulumba.com is the webstore for Turkish DVDs
Buyarabic.com is the webstore for the Arabic DVDs
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^ Thanks again, guys (and Toddly, thanks for that very detailed list )
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