Hell's Kitchen loses neighborhood legend
The closing of the city's cool stuff is officially an epidemic.
The friendly glass door plastered with band flyers closed for good about two weeks ago, said co-owner Greta Perr, after a blow-out liquidation sale.
The narrow strip of a music store had an expansive collection of tunes in all genres and was a neighborhood favorite, frequented by local residents and celebrities alike.
Co-owners Paul Ruggiero and Perr were familiar faces on the block -- and both were human encyclopedias of music information.
This Urbanite writer lived above the shop for four years and the Sunday ritual was brunch at Georgio's Country Grill, then a trip to Future Legend.
It was a special place. If they didn't have the CD you wanted, they ordered it. When I got my dog Ben, Paul welcomed him to the 'hood by blasting (of course) Michael Jackson's "Ben" and serenading him, substituting the word "friend" for "dog" here and there.
I bought CDs there in lieu of digital files online just because it felt good to help keep a place like that open. Too bad it wasn't enough. Future Legend, we'll miss you.
-- Lauren Johnston