R.I.P. Marty Arno

Karl Junkersfeld sends the following sad news:

As you may know, I have lived in the North Heights for 37 years. During that period of time, I would say other than John, Marty Arno was the most popular and beloved individual in this immediate area. He had the best video stores in the city with one of the best foreign film collections I have ever seen. Many of us in the locality of the store used to hang out and talk film and neighborhood happenings.

Marty was truly a tremendous guy beloved by anyone who had contact. It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform others that Marty
passed away this week. I have included a film I took of him when he came back to the neighborhood to visit and rekindle old friendships. Marty was a pillar and contributed greatly in making Brooklyn Heights the wonderful place we all love to call home.

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  • peterbrooklyn

    Very sorry to see this. A kind, caring and hard working man with a positive attitude and a sense of humor, too. Expert in his subject matter and an important part of the neighborhood. I always remembered to rewind.

  • Roberto Gautier

    We were so fortunate to have Marty. He was a great guy, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the film world. He was a hipster in both the old and new senses. His shop was a foundation of our neighborhood.

  • Andrew Porter

    There was a long article about him in The New York Times in 1999, here: