Things to Do: Visit Time Machine
Tucked away above a Cuban restaurant in Chelsea is a store called Time Machine. It caters mostly to comic book aficionados and lovers of vintage paperbacks and magazines but also has a section of film memorabilia and posters in a corner by the window. I went on a mission to get some Mad magazines from ‘76 and left with so much more: a handful of gems and a black hole of a store for me to get lost inside of. I flipped through endless rows of magazines and photographs, each neatly wrapped in plastic and stacked snuggly behind hand written signs. Small stickers announced very reasonable prices and the store’s charismatic owner Roger happily reminded me more than once that all of the prices were negotiable. I eavesdropped on conversations about Spider-Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation toys, Grimes’ music, the staying power of The Exorcist and how Ellen Burstyn was robbed of an Oscar that year.
Soon though I was no longer “just looking”. A photo of Divine in Pink Flamingos left me with an insatiable taste for blood. I couldn’t stop now. My eyes quickly scanned the photographs and titles, my hands moved swiftly and independently as if possessed. Was it still Saturday? Over an hour later things were hazy. A small pile sat by my side and the room stopped spinning. My softly growling stomach brought me back to reality in an instant. In my fervor I had forgotten to eat lunch. Roger came through on his negotiating promises. He complimented me on my selections, told me to return when they reorganize the movie section in a few weeks and even threw in the Warren Beatty book for free because it was missing a price sticker. The damage: $39. Good people do still exist in New York. I’ll be making my way back to Time Machine very soon. Only next time I’ll come prepared with snacks and hand cream so that I never, ever, have to leave.
Time Machine is located at 207 14th street (2nd floor) and is open 7 Days a week. Call (212) 691-0380 for hours and say hello to Roger for me!
Mad Magazine No. 187 (December 1976) featuring Henry Winkler
Still from Woody Allen’s Sleeper (1973)
Still from Pink Flamingos (1973)
Still from Carrie (1976)
Promotional still from Fear (1996) Read my review here!
Michael J. Fox in a tux because WHY NOT!?
Promotional Still from White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
The Films of Warren Beatty by Lawrence J. Quirk
Promotional Still from the remake of Cassavete’s Gloria (1999) starring Sharon Stone.
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