Thursday, July 12, 2018

Dry cleaners where Kim's Video got its start on Avenue A is closing

Today is the last day in business for Sammy's Cleaners at 99 Avenue A between Sixth Street and Seventh Street. (Thanks to EVG reader Paul W. for the photo and tip!)

The sign on the door announcing the closure thanks Sammy's customers for their patronage. Not sure why they are shutting down.

The spot was, until late 2016/early 2017, Kim's Cleaners...

[Google Street View]

Owner Yongman Kim launched his (now-departed) Kim's Video empire from here in 1987 ... before eventually moving the video business a few storefronts to the south to 85 Avenue (now Somtum Der), which enjoyed its reign of terror until the summer of 2004.

[Photo from 1997 by Dave Buchwald]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Man I miss that Kim's Video. I have a vivid memory of shopping around in there, while the clerk was deep in a conversation with a friend. He was some sort of punk rock musician, brooding about people ripping off his style or whatever while his friend sympathized. Someday, they'll acknowledge your originality! Just a silly little memory that makes me miss the old days.