Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bag from the past



EVG reader Lara Kubovcik spotted spotted a familiar site on First Avenue and East 11th Street yesterday... this Tower Records bag... the store on East Fourth Street and Broadway closed in 2006 (as well as the one on the Upper West Side) ... which reminds me to drop my Gimbels bag on the street one of these days...

13 comments:

shmnyc said...

I'll be that thing's been outside this whole time, a testament to the indestructibility of plastic.

Bayou said...

Mind. Blown.

Anonymous said...

Holy smokes! Did you grab it and clean it off? I'm sure you could sell it on ebay for like $435.

Seriously though, wow. As soon as I saw the picture my eyes widened, I couldn't believe it.

I met Gregory Hines in that Tower Records location. He approached me and group of friends who were standing around. He thought one of us worked there and asked my friend where the jazz section was (if I do recall). We were thrilled!

Gojira said...

I would have *so* given that a home if I had seen it.

ShutUpHooker said...

Funny... I'm going through my comic book collection since I'm going to sell a bunch of it on eBay and a lot of them are grouped up and stored in these bags since they were the right size for them...
Its a blast from the past when you needed to go to a physical place to get an album where as today I can download it in under a minute...

Anonymous said...

ShutUpHooker, I'm tempted to buy one of the bags from you for a buck. :)

Giovanni said...

The only thing missing from that picture is an abandoned Christmas tree. It reminded me of all the other chain and old timey stores that have disappeared including these:

E.J. Korvettes, Alexanders, Lamstons, Woolworths, J. W. Mays, B. Altman, Crazy Eddies, A&P, Jimmy World Of Music, The Graveyard (best stereo store ever), Best & Co., Colony Music, King Karol, HMV, Virgin Records, Blockbuster, Krispy Kreme, H&H, Borders, West Coast Video, Finyl Vinyl, Sam Goodys, Azuma, Tad's Steaks, First/Second/Third Avenue Bazaar, Canal Jeans, Mondo Kim's, and of course, Howard Johnson's.

Anonymous said...

Nobody Beats the Wiz, Caldor...

VH McKenzie said...

hmmm, veeeerrrry interesting, this lamentation of lost chain stores.......

I posit this without having the answer: What makes a good chain (Tower Records) vs. an effed-up chain (7-11)?

I know I miss Tower but dread 7/11. Whassup with that?

Jill said...

Funny, I have a tower record bag with my camping equipment--it's the bag for the toilet paper. Sturdy bag and water resistant.

Anonymous said...

I used to take the subway 45 minutes from the Northeast Bronx almost every Saturday to hang out in and around Tower Records in the 80s.

I can still see it in my mind. Remember long box CDs?

Portia said...

My Shakespeare/English college professor always carried the same Tower Records bag with her, that's all. Well, except for whichever Shakespeare we're reading, but no notes, notebooks, pocketbooks, etc. Everything was in her head. Brilliant lady. I think she lived in the UWS. Had her for two classes, first as a sophomore and then as a senior. And it was the same Tower Records bag she carried all those times.

Matt Rosen said...

Pssshhh...

I keep my 8-tracks in a brown Bamberger's bag...