Tuesday, March 02, 2010
We have a place at the Manhattan Club just up the street from there. I was stunned to see the huge Virgin records store had closed...sales from the big CD stores are fading fast in the era of i-Tunes.
Seeing how Times Square has changed over the past 25 years, mostly for the better, is a tribute to Mayor Rudy, the first guy to attempt to clean it up.
I drove yellow cabs in NYC as a college summer job in the late 1970s. Times Square was still right out of the movie Taxi Driver, a lot of which got shot on Eighth Avenue around 42nd Street. Compare how Times Square is used in the recent Disney Cinderella remake Enchanted.
Today you'll find crowds in Times Square at all hours, even past midnight ... a good number of which are foreign tourists. The CD stores are gone, but Times Square has two ... TWO! ... destination stores dedicated to only candy.
Back in the late 1970s, my hero cop relative was a bartender in the Blarney Stone on Eighth. He's got a lot of stories -- some involving The Westies -- most of which I believe. His cronies made a big bet on Times Square's turnaround with upscale bars -- try Hurley's on 48th between Broadway and Eighth. Ask for Ann.
Although my day job is medical, I worked my way thru school and training as a musician. My main reason to go to the city was to gorge the music shops on 48th street. Manny's was where Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison used to buy their guitars (private shopping, of course). That's disappearing fast...Manny's has closed and there are only a few good shops to hang out in.
Sad times for a gear slut.