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I MISSED THE OLD NEW YORK…

I used to be terrified of New York City. Admittedly Just Ice and Kool G Rap’s crime rhymes didn’t help my perceptions, gleefully painting a picture of an urban hell in the ’80s, but the picture above was the true scaremonger for me. I mean look at it – isn’t that some guy being mugged at gunpoint on the subway? And the attacker’s so bolshy in the act that he’s unphased by a photographer snapping away? Now that’s gully. Actually, after years with this brutal image etched into my psyche as a textbook example of how hardcore New Yorkers can be, the reality behind the photo proved a little more benign. Still gritty, but hardly the brazen act that had me shook way back in the day.

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VIDEO DAYS – 50 GREAT BUDGET HORROR VHS/BETAMAX SLEEVES*

*Plus a few exploitation films for good measure.

In these Rapidshare, bitorrent and Megavideo days, where on-demand services can shoot you DVD quality flicks in minutes, recollections of the old video shop in all its mix and match glory, blending blockbusters and b-movies with a peculiar kind of democracy, can get you misty-eyed. What’s scarier than any of these artworks is that the minute you bemoan the youth of today “missing out”, you’re officially old.
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