movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sat Feb 01 2014, 09:05pm | 12 comments
Didn’t go in here, but I figure they probably sell dildos shaped like Yankee Stadium hotdogs.
This is remarkable because… …the word “Bronx” exists? …or because the thought of a sex shop in the Bronx would be unheard of?
It’s remarkable because:
(A.) It’s in Amsterdam.
(B.) They think that”Bronx” is a selling point.
It’s remarkable because there doesn’t seem to be any good reason to name a sex shop after a borough of New York City that doesn’t have many romantic associations.
And also because I’m from the Bronx and found this hilarious.
there was ‘Bronx Cafe’ in edinburgh when i was there… which, being a bronx girl, i found hilarious. it was decorated with yankee signs and some other sort of ” bronx-ish” things. it served hots dogs and hamburgers… worst hot dogs i ever had, although the service was cheery.
I was in Dallas a few years ago and–somehow–found a kosher restaurant. The signs on the wall were marked with the names of New York subway stops. I took pictures so I could convince people I had travelled from New York to Dallas on the subway.
It’s a shame they don’t have an Arkham Sex Shop in Amsterdam.
British hot dogs are an abomination. They just slap a sausage in an oblong roll, but it’s not fooling anyone.
Also: there’s no bologna here. The Brits have a weird blind spot for processed meat product.
processed meat is a terrible product. i soooo love it. there are few items more heavenly than a nathan’s hot dog with sauerkraut — or a Boar’s Head bologna sandwich with american cheese.
I suppose you have a point. New York themes are pretty common in Amsterdam. Both because of the typical tendency some of the other comments note, of low-grade retailers the world over to attempt an association with the “big-time”– and there are plenty of low-grade retailers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District — but also because of history. The Bronx, like the whole of New York, was once a part of New Netherlands, and was leased to the Swedish Jonas Bronck by the Dutch West Indies Company. It’s close by Harlem, as Amsterdam is to the original Haarlem.
But mostly, it’s just trashy retail, which I’ve grown used to seeing. in the seedier sections of town. Perhaps the owner was making a deliberate association between the sex trade and vice of the Bronx?
Yeah, we tend to eat harder salamis, kabanos, and the like, or you can get really horrid processed sliced meat for children. I think sliced ham probably occupies the cultural niche of “typical meat you would put in a sandwich”.
Some years back there was a fashion for cheap nasty fried chicken places in London to name themselves something that might form associations with Kentucky. So we got Georgia Fried Chicken, Dixie Fried Chicken, and so on. My personal favourite was New Jersey Fried Chicken. What, you left it in the open air for ten minutes?
i must have seen 4 or 5 of those chicken places every day i was in london… i got a good chuckle out of it. we don’t have the fish and chips equivalent here, sadly. (i don’t count arthur treacher’s).
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