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April 12, 2014



Do you remember a store Unique Boutique,I think was around this same part of Broadway? It was around 88-89. It was like a "gothy " punk type clothing store.
Also 99x , that was first in a basement level on 6th , then moved to 10thst in mid 90's.

Jack Tripper

OK Alex, I am going to issue a challenge to you. Rather than post an entry on the loss of another store and what its loss means to you and NYC, why not post an entry from NYC, 10 years in the future?

A post-apocalyptic vision of a white-washed NYC?


This doesn't bode well at all for other cities in the USA. Like my hometown, PDX (You can have my Powell's Books when you pry it outta my cold, dead hands)


I'm beginning to sound, yet again, like a REALLY broken record but I'm going to say it anyway: the several generations, maybe even over a century or more long era of New York City as an intellectual and cultural center are FUCKING over. It's done! Not only is this a product of redevelopment, I also have to bring attention to the young, newly arrived well adjusted, well scrubbed folks that love standing on line for cupcakes and artisinal food. It seems to me that the previous generations of young people that came here did so with a desire to de-program themselves from the mainstream culture that they most likely grew up in. To come here with not a whole lot in their pockets but with tons of inspiration to create something new outside of the mainstream. That's not happening anymore as we see the landscape being reconfigured to cater to the arrogant and entitled. I really feel, and I'm not trying to be melodramatic here, that this his the beginning of the dystopia that we were warned of in the latter half of the 20th century. It's all apps and screens from here on out people…hope the advocates for a robot society are happy now.


This one hurts and is, as you say, scary.

It pains me to have to agree with UrlBrenner above, but I think he or she is right.


Jimmy: there was Unique Clothing Warehouse, and there was Unique Boutique, both on Broadway roughly in what's now called NoHo. I imagine you're talking about Unique Boutique, although Unique Clothing Warehouse—which had a rainbow logo before the rainbow was appropriated by the gays—had a good long run of it, as I recall.

99x was great; they had a few locations, but the one I remember best was on east 10th street near 4th avenue. I still have a few pairs of Doc Martens from there.

URLBrenner: Ur absolutely right.

Alex in NYC

You can find a pic of the old Unique on B'way here:


Thanks for the links and info! It was so long ago and I was pretty young in my first foray into NY. After a while I wonder if it was real or I imagined it. For instance, a skateboard shop in the East Village called Skate NYC, the owner had a bunch of hardcore demo tapes. And a Jamaican store across the street from CBGB, that sold t-shirts and various paraphanelia.

Alex in NYC

Ha. You can see a shot of Skate NYC here:

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