We recently brought you a list of 5 record stores in NYC where you can still get vinyl. Though these businesses are alive and flourishing, many other record stores have met a different fate. Vinyl vendors of all sizes struggle to survive; even Virgin Records, the Megastore backed by Sir Richard Branson’s massive business conglomerate, could not hold out in Times Square. Here are five of those lost records stores that will be sorely missed.
Bleeker Bob’s Golden Oldies, open in 1968 as Village Oldies Records, closed in April of 2013 and was replaced by a frozen yogurt shop. The landlord was reportedly asking for profits of $15,000 a month, which the store could not swing. In its heyday, the store had a great selection of punk records and merchandise that attracted customers like Robert Plant and David Bowie. Another draw for vinyl lovers was Bleecker Bob (also known as Robert Plotnik), who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2001 that left him paralyzed. His friends and loved ones were left in charge of of the record store up until its closing last year.
Wanna know more? Check out this 30-minute documentary on the last days of Bleeker Bob’s.