Monday, December 10, 2012

Bleecker Bob's won't be moving to the East Village — or anywhere else, for that matter

Back in January, our friend Ken Mac at Greenwich Village Daily Photo first had the scoop that venerable Bleecker Bob's Records was closing.

Then we heard that the store hoped to relocate, possibly in the East Village — something in the $4,000 rent range. We scouted some possible locations for them. (Here ... and here.)

As late as September, the store was still looking to move here.

Apparently this won't happen.

As you may have seen at Jeremiah's Vanishing New York or BoweryBoogie this morning, Bleecker Bob's has announced that it is closing for good in early 2013. (Alex noted this yesterday at Flaming Pablum.)

Per the Bleecker Bob's Facebook page:

well, it's SAD NEWS people. don't really know how to say this so here goes.....after 40+ years in existence, BLEECKER BOB'S will be closing!!!! looks like another month or 2 maybe.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[UPDATED] Let's help Bleecker Bob's find space in the East Village

Bleecker Bob's is for rent

13 comments:

Marty Wombacher said...

Sad news and I dread to think what will go in that space.

John M said...

Any word on why they changed their mind about moving?

Alex in NYC said...

You have have seen it at Vanishing New York or Bowery Boogie this morning, but I had it up on Sunday, for whatever that's worth:

http://vassifer.blogs.com/alexinnyc/2012/12/bedtime-for-bleecker-bobs.html

EV Grieve said...

Ah, sorry about that Alex — I added the link to the post.

Anonymous said...

What did Bleecker Bob's replace 40 years ago?

Anonymous said...

If not mistaken Bleecker Bob's Replaced the Night Owl a great hippie shop with a black light poster room in the back but Bob's used to be right of 8th street on Washington place? right across the street form MacDougal Alley

Anonymous said...

I can't remember the Night Owl but there was another record shop where Bob's is: Bonaparte Records, though it was only briefly there.

Anonymous said...

i rememeber buying a slapshot & chain of strength tshirt there in the early 90s

Anonymous said...

Let's face it by and large people don't enjoy music anymore. They listen to shit. They certainly don't need places like Bleecker Bob's to procure that.

Uncle Waltie said...

"Video killed the Radio Star" then CDs killed Vinyl and now MP3s are killing CDs.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x19cbz_the-buggles-video-killed-the-radio_music#.UMcpjOTAdxU

Anonymous said...

So Bob's replaced a neighborhood staple? Death to Bob's!

Anonymous said...

I remember going to bleecker bob's in high school in 1985 looking for crap I couldn't get at Tower Records and soon found nothing I wanted. There was another smaller but better record shop up closer to NYU off the park, cannot recall the name but it had much better stuff. Bob's was good for tee shirts that's about it.

nygrump said...

Total corporate efficiencizing of culture is killing the industry. There is no space left to grow anything new, even college radio has mostly been taken over by corporates or outrightly sold off. So its very efficient for the corporates to get their money from itunes, but you can only sell the same Beatles catalog so many times. What will they do next, try and tell us there is a BETTER download format and we need to purchase that fucking whore katy perry's catalog all over again? No gets excited about a download the way we used to get excited about a single. And there is no underground anymore, if you're on facebook, you're totally overground, even if no one cares about your shit.