This music-lover's mainstay at 342 Bowery is moving soon to Chinatown in a basement location at 13 Monroe St. (Click on the images for a better look...and directions...) According to the sign:
We are planning to be open for business there by the first week of January 2009, if not sooner.
We will be focusing even more on our mail-order/web sales at this new location, but we will have a new 'hours of operation' schedule so all our cherished NY and global customers can visit - and one can always call and ask about visiting at other times if those hours do not accommodate one's schedule for a visit when traveling to/through New York City.
And an FYI for tourists:
Downtown Express featured the shop in December 2006. According to the article:
Bruce Gallanter and Manny Maris defy all the snooty stereotypes surrounding record store clerks. Since opening their shop, Downtown Music Gallery (DMG) in May of 1991, the two have fostered an open, inviting atmosphere in their scruffy little record store on the Bowery. Both typical, Village shop and anachronism, co-proprietors Gallanter and Maris have created a modern-day salon, one that sustains imaginative artists who are largely ignored by the mainstream music industry.
Meanwhile, this means, of course, there's another nice Bowery storefront for something overpriced and stupid.
[UPDATE: Thanks to Alex at Flaming Pablum for setting the record straight...the store hasn't been on the Bowery since 1991...they were previously on Fifth Street just east of Cooper Square next to the Scratcher. Check out Alex's post on the shop from last February.]