Posted in music | venues on February 1, 2012

this image will soon only exist in pictures (and Seinfeld)...
Bobs

The NY Times reports:

Bleecker Bob's will close its store at 118 West Third Street at the end of April, according to a manager, Chris Wiedener.

"It's kind of disappointing," said Giancarlo Caccamo, 19, a customer at Bleecker Bob's on Thursday evening, upon learning the news. The vinyl records that pack the wooden bins and milk crates in the cluttered, narrow space are an increasingly endangered species, said Mr. Caccamo, who was in search of a record by Mott the Hoople.

The store's closing seemed to sound a death knell for vinyl itself. "I just love the warm fuzz that you get," he said. "There's nothing like that sound."

Javier Medina, 43, who began shopping at Bleecker Bob's in the 1970s and has worked there as a salesman for the last decade, was more concerned about the loss of a piece of history. "This place should be a landmark," he said while chatting with Gary Rookard, 53, who sells glass pipes on a table outside. "Everybody in the world knows it."

BUT NOTE, despite what you may have heard, the NY Times posted an update to their story that reads "While a manager at Bleecker Bob's said it would become a Starbucks, the company says it will not open a store there."

Watch the Beastie Boys video "Open Letter to NY" (Bob's shoutout included), below...

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Comments (105)

Bob's was always overpriced anyways.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:40 PM

I can't say this doesn't surprise me but I used to go here a lot in college. It makes me sad that this staple is closing and an example why I can't live in Manhattan anymore.

Posted by Really? | February 1, 2012 12:40 PM

Overpriced. There are much better used record stores in the city. Glad they're closing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:43 PM

Congrats transplants on bringing your midwestern chain store mentality to NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:44 PM

i used to get my weed at bleeker bobs

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:44 PM

very overpriced. Was like record shopping on ebay. but they did have some great rarities sucks

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:44 PM

Maybe they are so over priced because the rent was so damn high.

Posted by Really? | February 1, 2012 12:45 PM

The "death of vinyl"? Vinyl sales are up this year for the first time in decades, meaning that vinyl is still alive after having been left for dead since the late-80s emergence of CDs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:47 PM

Jimmy Mcmillan, is that you?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:48 PM

always overpriced and always jerks!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:48 PM

yeah this place sucked - wayyy overpriced.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:50 PM

THE RENT IS TOOOO DAMN HIGH!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:51 PM

I never bought a damn thing there ever.

Like other people are saying it was over-priced. Not over-priced in the charging $15 for something worth $10 sort of way, but in the "generic $4 copy of Aladdin Sane being sold for $45" sort of way. I never understood why that store had any sort of cache with anyone.

I am surprised it took this long for them to go out of business. This is not a "death knell for vinyl itself" as the NY Times article above suggests, just a shitty record store that once had its own sub-plot on Seinfeld not being able to stay in business.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:52 PM

Bob was a nasty SOB.

Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:53 PM

A-One is the superior record shop in NyC.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 12:58 PM

Vinyl is at an all time high. Once again the NYTimes shows how out of touch it is.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:02 PM

i enjoy Rainbow records round there. talk about narrow aisles...

Posted by the jim | February 1, 2012 1:03 PM

I remember buying t-shirts in the backs in the '80s.

I also remember them having a copy of GnR's Live Like a Suicide. Being a kid, I was impressed that someone had something that was "rare".

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:03 PM

"I remember buying t-shirts in the backs in the '80s."

Damn little textboxes. Meant to say

I remember buying t-shirts in the BACK [of the store] in the '80s.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:04 PM

I remember buying hummus at Mamouns around the corner from there and then record shopping with vigor from the energizing phyto-nutrient power that is abundant in the chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:08 PM

Yeah, I bought t-shirts in the back when they still had them. And it was cool seeing some of the vinyl they had and coveting it. But I don't think I ever actually purchased a record there since they were so ridiculous expensive. They did have some great stuff in stock most of the time though.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:09 PM

And there's ONE itchy and scratchy episode i'll NEVER forget.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:10 PM

Kramer: (in Newman's ear) This guy's nothin' but a piece of crap… Newman: You are nothing but a piece of crap. Ron: Pardon me? Kramer: (in Newman's ear) A piece of crap… Newman: A piece of crap. Kramer: (in Newman's ear) I find you extremely ugly… Newman I find you extremely ugly. Ron: Do you? Kramer: (in Newman's ear) You emit a foul and unpleasant odor… Newman: You emit a foul and unpleasant odor. Ron: Oh, is that right? Kramer: (in Newman's ear) I loathe you… Newman: I loathe you

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:10 PM

Sergio Mendes has a cult following! He can't even walk down the street in South America!

Posted by Kramer | February 1, 2012 1:10 PM

MAMOUNS WILL NEVER CLOSE!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:11 PM

1:10 Well that's his problem.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:12 PM

It's too bad Starbucks isn't moving in. Where else will we get our fix for overpriced goods now that Bleeker Bob's is out?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:14 PM

12:53, agreed.

Back in the early 80s as a kid I bought something there and asked for a bag and Bob threw one at me.

Though I do have some good memories from back then - like slipping punk singles between flyers and walking out with them. This was after the bag throwing incident, so I felt somehow justified.

Last time I was in there (years ago) the insane record prices gave me a good laugh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:20 PM

Record buyers are cool. Record collectors are wankers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:23 PM

dental plan

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:28 PM

BLEECKER YANN'S

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:33 PM

Never had any use for the store, but I hate seeing "old" New York disappearing piece by piece at the current pace.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:33 PM

That sucks , they were a big part of the underground music scene unsigned bands could sell demos and t-shirts there.. and if they didn't have it nobody did..

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:44 PM

lisa needs braces

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:45 PM

Screw this place. I was always a Disc-o-rama dude myself.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:47 PM

truth is that place became a record store for tourists - prices for what should be a $5 LP were $25 - what's the point? The city is filled with record stores that charge a fortune for a bargain LP - either it's because tourists are willing to pay for it, or the rent is too damn high - either way it's not surprising they are going out of business when you can go to brooklyn's Academy Records and get the same LP for a third of the price.

Posted by jason | February 1, 2012 1:50 PM

I'm glad Second Coming is still around.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:51 PM

I just looked at the photo again. Umm... are the London and Hollywood branches closing too??

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:52 PM

i was there couple of times.. they dont help you of you dont ask but anyway i got The cult "Electric" first print (10$) AWESOME
but inside the store is always a old skinny black dude with a nasty look not so friendly at all

so i really dont mind if they close the store Period!

Posted by Starbucks Records | February 1, 2012 1:53 PM

I bought a copy of Pleased To Meet Me there once for $10. Not a steal, but I didn't get gouged either.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:56 PM

Bob was an SOB? Scumbag is more like it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 1:59 PM

Didn't they keep a mean looking Doberman behind the counter in the late 80s? Since Bob was such an a-hole......

Man, all of their records were completely overpriced and in crappy condition. That said, they did get some good imports and stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:12 PM

I don't think I'd actually ever bought a record from Bleeker Bob's in the 1980s...it was either Bondy's, J&R, or Some Records. What Bob had were awesome bootleg videos--overpriced, sure. But is it overpriced if you can't get elsewhere? And it's hard to lament the store's closing when I haven't been there in 20 years...Just like I didn't exactly cry when CBs closed since I hadn't been there in a dozen years either.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:13 PM

Maybe its becoming the new cbgbs

Posted by ac slater | February 1, 2012 2:21 PM

no

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:23 PM

now i'm having flashbacks from that other freakin' store--it's only rock & roll. THOSE dudes were some serious record store snobs. they, too, had those awesome bootleg videos, like paul dianno/maiden vids going for $100 and locked in a glass cabinet. we'd just go there and stare at the box covers like the drooling, moronic kids that we were... ah, mammaries.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:24 PM

It's been official for a long, long time. New York City is fucking LAAAAAAAAAME.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:36 PM

For a good used record store, we kids would go to Freebeing on 2d Ave, near B & H Dairy.

Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2012 2:38 PM

The Bleeker Bob's in Hollywood is long, long gone. They had the same shitty staff and overpriced records out there, too. Not only were they overpriced, they were always mangled from being pawed over by customers. No big loss.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | February 1, 2012 2:59 PM

Back in the day we used to go to Habibs on 5th street to get a decent side order.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 3:00 PM

"I just love the warm fuzz that you get," he said. "There's nothing like that sound." Every asshole says that same stupid line when talking about vinyl.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 3:16 PM

adding another check to the "overpriced" column. good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 3:23 PM

Ebay ruined LP prices. That and nowadays kids are buying them at a much faster rate. It's why "Rumors" was a $1 LP forever, but in the past few years kids will pay $8 to $10 for them. I saw fucking "Hotel California" sealed sell for over $200 on ebay recently. It's insane, but it's the trends of the business. That $15 LP you think should be $5...look on ebay. I bet it goes for $15. And if you don't buy that LP some kid will wander in later and buy it instead. New vinyl is a different story. That's the labels gouging. Matador and Hydrahead being some of the worst offenders.

Posted by Hank | February 1, 2012 3:24 PM

i'm a huge supporter of vinyl, but 3:16 is so very right.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 3:32 PM

i was over the damn moon when vinyl disappeared and we got mp3s. i mean, c'mon, with the scratches and "warm" sound. ridiculous. i'll take clarity any freakin' day. good riddance to ALL RECORD STORES. you're an anachronism...creative destruction, etc. NOW, with mp3s, a bunch of kids could record a solid demo, stream it, and then book shows in europe...asia...etc.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 3:43 PM

Right on, 3:16.

I bought my first bootleg video there as a kid - Beatles Live At Shea. I went in there recently and was appalled at the prices. I can't say I'm sad to see it go. Rockit Scientist on St Marks and Academy on 12th are far better.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 3:45 PM

i like ali baba across the street from MAMOUNS

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 4:01 PM

Ali-Baba ain't bad, but the pita triangles are occasionally stale.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 4:12 PM

Record shopping is my second favorite activity...
(hummus shopping is my first)

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 4:55 PM

lisa needs braces

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:00 PM

If it doesn't end up a starbucks, it will be...

A bank with ATMs
A Dunkin Donuts
A Subway
A Duane Reade or CVS

take your pick. New York loses. big.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:20 PM

I'm from the Midwest, and I like all of those things

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:21 PM

"i was over the damn moon when vinyl disappeared and we got mp3s. i mean, c'mon, with the scratches and "warm" sound. ridiculous. i'll take clarity any freakin' day."

Let me get this straight: you like mp3s, but you also like clarity? Something is wrong with this picture.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:32 PM

manhattan is dead

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 5:53 PM

Well this news just ruffles my tail feathers, it does.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 6:19 PM

Ok?

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 6:24 PM

Nothing lasts forever.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 6:26 PM

All. Things. Must Pass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 6:30 PM

Hummus will always reamin. (like an oil stain)

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 7:25 PM

I remember we used to get eight tracks at Asshole's and then go around the corner and get hummus in an ice cream cone for 15 cents! Time has passed me by :(

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 8:14 PM

That actually looks like a perfect spot for a Starbucks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 10:22 PM

Yes, everyone who said 'overpriced' is right, and yes, Bob was a dick. Screw that place.

There are plenty of good record stores left, right in that neighborhood. Generation Records is practially around the corner, and they better selection, better prices, and a much friendlier and more knowledgable staff.

When/if Generation closes, I'll shed a tear. Bob's is closing? I'll just shrug...

Posted by Eddie | February 1, 2012 11:03 PM

god that guy was such an asshole. also i bought tons of stuff there while i went to nyu in the early nineties. shoot me in the face so my outsides match my insides.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2012 11:43 PM

Dental Plaaan.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 11:26 AM

lisa needs braces.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 11:31 AM

I think somebody should open a Papa John's there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 12:23 PM

Megaupload getting shut down last month didn't save Bleeker Bobs. Oh well, now where will I get my over-priced warped copy of the White Album.

Maybe Downtown Music Gallery...

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 2:24 PM

Who remembers when that space was Bonaparte?

Posted by joly | February 2, 2012 7:15 PM

Freebeing was the best place ever!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2012 9:22 PM

the most encouraging thing about this story is that a 19 year old wants to buy a Mott the Hoople album

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2012 11:51 AM

the most encouraging thing about this story is that a 19 year old wants to buy a Mott the Hoople album

Posted by teddylishus | February 3, 2012 11:52 AM

Wow, bought lots of punk/new wave import 45's (eg., Sex Pistols, Jam, etc.) there back in the late '70's - they were $1.99 each - expensive at the time and yes, one also got Bob's attitude as a bonus...but there were only a few record stores that carried this stuff back then...

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2012 9:31 AM

"Back in the early 80s as a kid I bought something there and asked for a bag and Bob threw one at me.

Though I do have some good memories from back then - like slipping punk singles between flyers and walking out with them. This was after the bag throwing incident, so I felt somehow justified."

If you would have thrown the bag back at Bob, he would have respected you. That was all part of the game he played.
Then, you would have seen another side of Bob, the human being and not just the record store owner who had unbridled scorn for loony record collectors.
If you recall the Seinfeld bit, "Bob" didn't get really nasty until Kramer & Newman did.

And nothing justfies stealing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2012 2:57 PM

Bob > Carrie Bradshaw

NYC is dying

R.I.P.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2012 5:13 AM

Place was overpriced but it was a part of the city, the real city, will miss it..and CBGBs...and ST Marks Books and 5th Street (Home sweet Home), Beer Olympics, when tourists wouldn't go past ave A, 13th street (2nd Home), La Plaza (argh!!! home when I could walk to C) and a thousand other things that when missing scream 'gentrification'. Face it. NO WHERE is the same. LA is dead, Chicago a nightmare of clubs and skins, Phily? where is the spirit of 5005 and Stalag 13? Alphabet City is a shopping mall, in NOLA the quarter is even worse a police state than in the 90s. Once was you could roll into town walk to the right street and see a hundred scumbag comrades picking their toes and asking for change. We knew the end was coming, we kept dying and no new fresh-cuts cropped up to swell our ranks, we watched it happen. But there is hope, strange new scenes are sprouting in dark corners, basements and Brooklyn bars. Fragile little seedlings, we just have to keep our eyes open for the good in the future and nurture what we find.

-Shannon Crustabilly

Posted by Crustabilly Shannon | February 9, 2012 5:41 AM

the most encouraging thing about this story is that a 19 year old wants to buy a Mott the Hoople album

Posted by Engadget | February 12, 2012 12:59 PM

The "death of vinyl"? Vinyl sales are up this year for the first time in decades, meaning that vinyl is still alive after having been left for dead since the late-80s emergence of CDs.

Posted by Nagelstudio Hamburg | February 18, 2012 10:30 AM

The "death of vinyl"? Vinyl sales are up this year for the first time in decades, meaning that vinyl is still alive after having been left for dead since the late-80s emergence of CDs.

Posted by Nagelstudio in Hamburg | February 18, 2012 10:31 AM

truth is that place became a record store for tourists - prices for what should be a $5 LP were $25 - what's the point? The city is filled with record stores that charge a fortune for a bargain LP - either it's because tourists are willing to pay for it, or the rent is too damn high - either way it's not surprising they are going out of business when you can go to brooklyn's Academy Records and get the same LP for a third of the price.

Posted by games | February 23, 2012 10:46 AM

I don't care what everyone says about the prices, or Bob's demeanor....this store was the backdrop for MANY of my teen memories. I spent quite a bit of time in there, never had a problem with the owner, and found some of the most awesome music I've ever heard in my life --- hard to find stuff! But yeah, nyc is not the same as it was back in the 70's, 80's, 90's.... *sigh*

Posted by Jazzygirl | March 26, 2012 12:38 PM

Place is an insult to record buyers.

"Glad to see you go"

Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2012 1:21 PM

The "death of vinyl"? Vinyl sales are up this year for the first time in decades, meaning that vinyl is still alive after having been left for dead since the late-80s emergence of CDs.

Posted by Kellnerbörse | March 28, 2012 12:08 PM

the most encouraging thing about this story is that a 19 year old wants to buy a Mott the Hoople album

Posted by Mail | March 28, 2012 12:09 PM

The "death of vinyl"? Vinyl sales are up this year for the first time in decades, meaning that vinyl is still alive after having been left for dead since the late-80s emergence of CDs.

Posted by PPC | April 10, 2012 1:38 AM

Good Work ! i Agree in to pay for it, or the rent is too damn high - either way it's not surprising they are going out of business when you can go to brooklyn's Academy, thanks for posting!

Posted by Massagista | May 3, 2012 10:12 AM

My ex and I used to go there about 10 years go, I'm not sure if I met Bob then, but I never been treated shitty, so it's all good to me. I got some cool CDs from there, I forgot how much, but I think they weren't overpriced. I remember the bong sellers outside the stores, they were pretty much all over the street. We used to go to Generation Records too, they had some good stuff there too, I wonder if Jay n Justin still work there now.. Oh yeah, Harry's Burritos was also quite a cool place to hang out before/after we went to Bob's. Good ol' times... I miss them...

Posted by Stef | May 14, 2012 3:49 PM

^no one gives a fuck. you're boring. That's why she is your ex.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2012 4:17 PM

^I'm the she, so fuck u

Posted by Stef | May 15, 2012 11:11 AM

I won't miss it at all. A pity about a Starbucks not moving in though. Their Frappucinos are the bomb.

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2012 11:32 AM

Overpriced to the point of laughability. And Bob was the biggest asshole on planet earth.

Posted by Mr. Funk | November 3, 2012 2:17 AM

Here in Germany the dying record stores sold used vinyls die unfortunately hand slowly, all only overpriced. Closing the logical consistently

Posted by Tierschilder | November 17, 2012 3:45 PM

If you people are wondering why they were over priced, talk to the landlord. This is the problem when greedy real estate people want to charge ridiculous amounts of money for rent.

The rent there is going up to $27,000 a month. That's $900 a day. What record store does that kind of business? How is any storefront worth $27,000 a month???

So the rents go up to what the "market" can stand, and that's really only the market for big international chains. This makes everything more expensive. And something should be done about it.

I haven't shopped at Bleeker Bob's since the 80s, but thats not the point. It was a famous piece of New York City, and one by one we are looking at. Same with CBGB.

Posted by David | January 18, 2013 1:47 PM

Anonymous talks to itself again
Forever yogurt, forever 21, another off shoot of the anti human subhumans government predatory tyrannical control military, surveillance grid over what's left of the freedom loving, liberty, pursuit of happiness, peace, justice life of the human race. The Carlisle Group of Cheney, along with bloom bergs pathetic ass kissing program in NYC, takes away, any and all private, small businesses, to replace them through fire, death, extortion, with bad experimental shops that last 3 months, then get kicked out, is just one small company of the nasties at www.emporis.com, who along with the port authority and the evil ets, www. Burlingtonnews.net/tunnels took out the wtc, 911. Never are communities, or real human neighborhoods consulted on who, what, when, where these phony businesses pop up to track and trace your financial, and location activities. Most nwo globalists need their DNA checked, most are not all human, hate humans, eat them, and treat you like slaves, and serfs. The next step is to wipe humans out, replace them with robots, nuclear disasters, pole shift of earth and end.

Posted by Truth1 | March 8, 2013 11:09 AM

^ it puts the lotion on it's hands

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2013 11:31 AM

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

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 2:36 PM

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