Everything you want is here… somewhere.
The Birdman is a short, but rather interesting documentary by Jessie Auritt. It basically showcases a man who owns one of the last independent stores in NYC’s East Village. But, it also doubles as a commentary of sorts on the current state of that neighborhood, as well as others around all of NYC.
This city is always in a state of constant change, and it doesn’t care what or who it leaves behind in the name of progress. A lot of people don’t get the appeal of these mom and pop shops — they’d rather just have their Starbucks, Walgreens and what-have-you. Which is fine, I guess. But not really.
At least not to me. NYC as a whole just seems to be losing all of its personality and all that intrigued me when I was a younger cat in my mid-teens and early 20′s. And that’s sad.
I’ve been in the vinyl game for about 16 years or so — both professionally and just simply as a collector as well. I also worked in a record store in Manhattan for quite a few years. That being said, I must have walked past The Birdman’s shop hundreds of times over the years, yet never entered for some reason. I guess I just never felt the need to explore there given all the other outlets I had at the time.