The PBS show Blackout, reliving the 1977 blackout and its aftermath, airs on Tuesday night. And it turns out West Side Rag inadvertently played a role in the production. One part of the film will feature Alan Rubin, who owned appliance store RCI on 98th and Broadway. That store was looted during the blackout, and Alan’s daughter Jen Rubin wrote about what happened in an incredible story in West Side Rag.
Jen tells us someone from the show saw the story in the Rag and decided to add it to the documentary. If you watch, look out for the scenes featuring the neighborhood. Check out a clip below, and read Jen’s story here. (Jen is working on a book about the store and the neighborhood and we’ll let everyone know when it’s available.)
RCI closed last year after 80 years.