A lifelong comic book fan and 19 year resident of Greenpoint, Tony used to go to a DVD rental store called Ultra Video on Manhattan Avenue between Nassau and Norman (right across the street from what is now the bar Beloved, on the same block as Calexico and The Manhattan Inn). The demise of both the video rental industry in general—remember when all the Blockbusters went out of business in the late 90s?—and one Greepoint video store in particular led to the birth of the largest and most successful comic book store in New York. Take a look back in history:
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Sir Gryphon writes and illustrates comics for the comics collective Gryphon Knights. Follow him on Twitter @SirGryphon.