A friend of mine in San Diego Just sent me this link to this HBO Special and I completely missed it! (Doh!) So I will be going home tonight to watch it before tomorrow's Rally at the Big Button & Needle Statue. Thank You Jean for bringing this to may attention. (I love TV On-Demand)
I started spending a lot of time in the garment center when I was doing costumes as a kid. I'd come in from NJ to get supplies and at one point I was assisting one of my teachers from my costume design classes. He was working on "The Devil and Miss Jones 2" (Funny Story, but for another day).
He was on 18th street, so it was between the Garment Center and 14th Street to get supplies. He always wanted me to go to 14th street, which I HATED with a passion. Yes, 14th Street was closer but it took 10 times longer to find anything, scrounging through the filthy & dinky discount shops that made up 14th street at the time.
Meanwhile, up in the Garment center you could get Everything and Anything you ever needed, for any kind of sewn project, no matter how unusual, specialized or bizarre. You only had to duck the guys pushing their carts as opposed to dealing with the skeevy souk-like atmosphere that ruled 14th street at the time. It was amazing, crowded, vibrant and inspiring all at the same time. We need it back.