After 46 Years of Business, Bleecker Bob's Finally Closed This Weekend

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John Surico
It was the record store enshrined in West Village fame; a place where Bob Dylan and Kramer found their favorite vinyls in the dusty clearance bins that sat out front. The landmark from an era of the neighborhood that no longer exists, driven out by high rents, high spenders and, in this case, frozen yogurt stores.

On Saturday, Bleecker Bob's shuttered its doors for good after 46 years on the corner of West 3rd Street and MacDougal--just a week before Record Store Day celebrations on April 20. The forced decision was a result of dragged-out litigation with the landlord, who asked for a much more expensive price tag on the prime real estate spot.

"The realtor wants $20,000 for this place. If you can get it, great," Ski, an assistant manager at Bob's, told the Voice a year ago. "But do you want some mom-and-pop or a Sbarro's down here?"

No, just a frozen yogurt place. R.I.P. Bleecker Bob's. You will be missed by all of us.

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1992fox
1992fox

For all you music fans who don't quite want to say goodbye to Bleecker Bob's, New York photographer Matthew Carasella just opened a show featuring "portraits" of the store during the final 72 hrs! It's called "Classic Rock" - includes cool vintage cars too! On view at the restaurant LIC Market : 21-52 44th Dr. Long Island City, NY. Opening reception Tuesday May 14th from 6pm-9pm. Open to public.

Online info at matthewcarasella.com

Michelle Murphy
Michelle Murphy

Just what we need in the west village - another frozen yoghurt establishment. Pffffft!

John DeBaun
John DeBaun

Great record store, One of the few stores at that time that had all the punk singles , got my 1st Ramones t-shirts there in 1976, Sad to see it go.

Jeff Rosedale
Jeff Rosedale

That place, Second Coming and Venus Records. So many discoveries there.

Vinyl_Jefferson
Vinyl_Jefferson

Oh no, now where will I buy records at a reasonable price plus a 150% markup?

argen
argen

@_Teb nooo y me olvidé de ir el mes pasado :(

HernaniiNY
HernaniiNY

@TPtuit @eBrener Había quedado en una cuadra sin alma. Bleecker Street Récords, en una cuadra más linda y transitada, sobrevive.

TPtuit
TPtuit

@HernaniiNY @eBrener Es posible. Pero siempre (desde que yo recuerdo) fue sin alma esa cuadra. En los 60 seguro que era distinto, claro.

HernaniiNY
HernaniiNY

@TPtuit @eBrener Para tener ahora el público de hace 20 años (tipos enfermos de la música que vivan cerca) tenés que ir a Williamsburg.

Francis
Francis

@chelipj @tedhesson @amoebamusic if you need google to see if your favorite record store is still open, you clearly aren't going there very often, or ever.

HernaniiNY
HernaniiNY

@TPtuit @eBrener Supongo que las disquerías viven un poco de los enfermos y otro poco de los boludos que pasan y curiosean.

TPtuit
TPtuit

@HernaniiNY @eBrener Ud. sabe más que yo de la zona, pero vivir hace falta? NYU students compraban en Bleecker. Pasa que ahora no compran.

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