55,000-title collection of Kim's Video setting sail for Italy
The fate of Kim's Video's 55,000-title collection has been settled and the beneficiaries will be the 11,000 residents of Salemi, Italy. Former Urbaniter Lauren Johnston has details of how owner Yongman Kim's priceless collection has become the subject of an unusual transatlantic gift.
Kim's will end rentals on St. Marks Place Dec. 31, as the former Kim empire meets its demise, the victim of Netflix and changing media-consumption habits.
From the News: Kim went with a bid from Salemi Mayor Vittorio Sgarbi a former TV talk show host described as "one of the oddest and most colorful figures in contemporary Italy,"by the British newspaper, The Independent who's trying to revitalize his poverty-stricken town.
Jeremiah at Vanishing New York has more, including photos.
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