I'm an amateur running enthusiast, and go through phases where I'll run 20 miles a week. I'm not an endorphin addict however, nor do I run the marathon, so I find this place a little intense. The staff knew far more than I about running, and I couldn't adequately answer their questions. They took care of me though and were patient, matchign me up with the best pair of running shoes I've had. (saucony's)
Did you know that the original operator and owner of Radio City music hall vented laughing gas into the auditorium to produce a heightened psychological effect on the audience? He was stopped, but it's a good story nonetheless. It was also converted into a movie theater after the live stageshows failed to acquire an audience in the 20s, and was eventually brought back as a glitzy Vegas-esque show hall. I went there once with a friend and it's decent. A lot of spectacle, but at the end it's just a really big stage with a lot of seating. I wish they still had the animal menagerie.
Why has no one made a Halloween town themed costume shope yet? Anyway, this is an interesting store, one that probably couldn't stay open year round outside Manhattan. It's like one of those temporary places that opens up in the mall for two months every year, only better. It has a decent mask selection and a variety of prostheses. It saved my ass when I need to get fake blood for a movie I was filming.
Given that Kim's seems to be getting into more and more trouble, the World of Video is a good alternative, with a similar indie flair and less grunge and porn. Very clean and well organized and in a very good location. Prices are moderate, but the staff is good and friendly, also unlike Kim's. Give it a shot if you're on Greenwich.
I hadn't heard of this place, and once I went inside I figured out why. It concentrates on old fashoned pulpy strip comics, memorbilia, and volumes, with little of the popular super hero fare. This was not up my alley, as the only thing I recognized was Peanuts. Of which they have a lot, sadly. Not so funny as a business, or usefull
It's hard not to like a place as innocent enough to name itself Sunshine. Aside from the whimsical name ,this is a pretty standard theater that shows independent films, with a concentration in documentaries. So if you are dyng to see March of the Penguins and don't want to deal with the more pretentious art house places, this is a good choice.
If you've got the hankering to see a regular film on the Imax then this place is for you. I do wish though that they would have regular afternoon showings of the original science movies actually filmed on the monstrous Imax cameras that really makes the most of the Imax experience. AS it is this place just kind of stretches normal film. I saw Batman here and it was almost too big and overwhelming to follow at points.
One things I despise about literature is the reliance on genre fiction to keep the medium afloat, and that's where the Black Orchid cashes in. It's purely thriller and mystery books, which doesn't interest me at all. The only thing to make this place of any use is if you're looking fora specific title in the genre that the Strand or Barnes and Nobles wouldn't carry.
Another in the endless series of NYC city bookstores titled with irony or puns, this one primarily serves the Columbia community. It's a fairly average college oriented bookstore, with a good young vibe to it. If you're in the need of something scholarly this isn't a bad place to try, though they shamefully overprice regualr literature.
Not particularly clean, nor cheap enough to justify the unpleasantness of staying there. There were several cockroach sightings over the course of the evening, and the TV didnt really work to my satisfaction. Its basically the upper west side though, so I appreciated the location and its right on top of the major subway lines, so you can scurry in and no one has to know youre staying there.