Vinyl in the Village
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Vinyl in the Village

On Monday evening, GVSHP and the New School for Public Engagement hosted a film screening, For The Records — The Legacy and Lessons of Bleecker Bob’s.   The documentary film by Emily Judem and Hazel Sheffield explores Bleecker Bob’s impending closure and the nature of change and development in an urban setting.  It also showcases the history of the shop and its connection to the downtown movements from the Village’s folk scene through punk, new wave and alternative music.  In fact, the event was so popular that we will be re-screening the film in the August (stay tuned for more details!).

Many of the attendees on Monday talked about their passion for vinyl records- the cover art, the way the music sounds, the camaraderie found at record stores, and the list went on. It got us to thinking about the other surviving record stores in the Village.

Bleecker Bob's Records located on the corner of MacDougal & West 3rd Streets

Bleecker Bob’s Records located on the corner of MacDougal & West 3rd Streets

Lucky for us, the Local East Village published a piece featuring some of these great record shops.  In the East Village they looked at Other Music at 15 East 4th Street, as well as Academy Records at 415 East 12th Street.  In the West Village they looked at Generation Records at 210 Thompson Street, as well as Bleecker Street Records at 239 Bleecker Street.  We were able to find some others, too.

L: Academy Records; R: Bleecker Street Records

L: Academy Records; R: Bleecker Street Records

Another Bleecker Street record store is Rebel Rebel Records located at # 319.  Small and cramped, this is considered a favorite by many record junkies.

Rebel Rebel Records

Rebel Rebel Records

Over at 35 Carmine Street is House of Oldies, which specializes in rare and out of print vinyl records from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

House of Oldies (image courtesy of I Love Old New York)

House of Oldies (image courtesy of I Love Old New York)

Located at 48 East 12th Street, Second Hand Rose Music carries vinyl records as well as 45’s and CD’s.  They are known for their vintage records.

218 East 5th Street is home to Good Records.  Since 2005, they have been buying, selling, and trading vintage records from the 50s to the present.

Good Records

Good Records

We’re sure there are even more vinyl record stores that we are missing.  So, please share them with us!  We also know that we have lost plenty of record stores in recent years, and we’d love to hear about those too!

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  1. […] You can also contact The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation — which recently screened For the Records — The Legacy and Lessons of Bleecker Bob’s (a documentary film by Emily Judem and Hazel Sheffield) and plans to schedule another screening in […]

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