Posted in NYC | music on April 14, 2014

by Bill Pearis

J&R's now-closed storefront (photo via @gr1fter)
J&R

More and more Manhattan fixtures seem to be disappearing. The future of Pearl Paint on Canal is shaky, and last week (4/9) J&R Music World shut its doors, though they say not for good:

J & R Music and Computer World, a mainstay music and electronics store in Lower Manhattan for 43 years, closed its doors on Wednesday to redesign its space on Park Row.

The move was foreshadowed in October, when the store scaled back its footprint between Ann and Beekman Streets. Once occupying eight buildings on those blocks totaling 300,000 square feet, the business was resized to five floors each at 1 Park Row and 15 Park Row. Rachelle Friedman, who with her husband, Joseph, opened J & R across from City Hall in 1971, acknowledged at the time that as part of the changes they were laying off some employees. - [NY Times]

While the brick and mortar storefront is closed, you can still order from J&R's website.

J&R's record store was always a good place to go for Record Store Day items and was always my go-to place for tech stuff, though when I went to buy a headphone adapter there last summer the staff looked at me like I was crazy.

In happier news, Wrecords By Monkey, which makes jewelry, accessories and home products out of old vinyl records is opening a storefront, The Crate, at 304 Boerum St. in Bushwick. In addition to wares, they'll sell $1 used records and new vinyl from local musicians. The store has its Grand Opening on Saturday (4/19) which is Record Store Day:

We will be having an opening party for our new storefront The Crate on Saturday, April 19th from 12 to 9pm in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The party will have live silkscreening on reclaimed vinyl and a display of our newest collection. FREE beer, as well as DJ sets from APSPDR+ and Silent Rider and an exclusive after party from 7 to 9pm featuring DJ Codes. Limited tickets for the after party are available for free and can be picked up at the store starting at noon that day.
Flyer for the opening party is below.

In other non-RSD record store news, The WFMU Record Fair returns from May 30 - June 1 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. No word on special events and DJs yet. Stay tuned.

And before that we'll have the return of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair on May 10 which this time is part of the Red Bull Music Academy, with DJ sets from Caroline Polachek, Autre Ne Veut, Tanlines and more.

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Comments (17)

All my prays.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 3:02 PM

ITS doors, not it's doors

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 3:24 PM

Your wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 3:29 PM

Im not correcting any more BV grammer and spelling issues until they start paying me. This editing shit shouldn't come for free.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 3:36 PM

Speaking of record store day, has Generation thrown in the towel on an in-store this year? RSD is pretty dorky, but they usually have some cool bands play.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 3:45 PM

has anyone heard about j&r selling off their record stock anywhere? nothing listed on their site.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 4:17 PM

3:36 I told your dad that same thing about him sucking my big fucking fat sauseeeeege

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 4:27 PM

^ ok, my dad died 2 weeks ago, but you didn't know that so I guess I'd think it was kind of funny ordinarily

Posted by 3:26 | April 14, 2014 4:29 PM

J&R was selling off both its record and home video stock for a long time, without ever announcing anything on their website or anywhere else (you had to go to the store to find out, unless someone told you). They started remaindering a lot of stock, and eventually started discounting what was left, first at 25% off, then 50%. The last time I was there, a week ago, the stock was almost gone.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 5:12 PM

Yeah, because the first thing I think to do when a close family member dies is to complain how I am not getting paid to offer unsolicited spelling advice on a music blog

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 5:15 PM

well he said he died two weeks ago, so it wasn't the first thing he thought to do, life goes on man

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 5:58 PM

@5:12 is correct about J&R selling off their stock but even when they first began doing it they didn't have much or at least anything worthwhile. The good stuff that was worth anything they sold at cost so there were no deals to be had. The stuff that was discounted was mostly crap. I went a few times.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 6:06 PM

there are no more black people or Latinos in Bushwick

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 6:54 PM

5:15 - i said i thought it was funny (what you said). So yeah, I'm just trying to have fun again

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 8:45 PM

Any good dope still out there? The chinese restaurant behind Maria Hernandez park (where I saw my first dead body) had nice dimes of crack

Posted by eazy L | April 15, 2014 1:10 PM

so glad to hear that the closure is only for renovations, look forward to checking the place out when it reopens

Posted by James Cobalt | May 5, 2014 4:04 PM

Honestly this is fucking good.

Posted by Ivory | May 7, 2014 8:46 AM

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