Retail Trade

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Plated Rolls Out a Food Truck

    Two years ago, Josh Hix and Nick Taranto were working long hours in post-business-school jobs, which forced them to order most of their meals on Seamless. "We felt disgusting about the food in our lives," Taranto says. "We knew there had to be a better way to get food that we felt good about." They ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    The Last Kim's Video & Music Location Will Close This Summer

    Legendary East Village emporium Kim's Video & Music on First Avenue will be closing its doors this summer, the store announced Monday on the Kim's Facebook page. "As great as #‎RSD2014 was (thank you all!), sadly we will be closing our store on 1st Ave. No closing date yet but 30% off ALL VIDEO an ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 4, 2013


    Brooklyn (duh) celebrates 
the compact cassette

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Is It Okay to Buy Records at Urban Outfitters?

    The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a sidewalk dorm roo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 1, 2013


    Dig for vinyl at Smorgasburg

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    How to Write a "Vinyl is Back!" Story

    Last Saturday marked Record Store Day, a global celebration that encourages folks to head down to their local record store and buy some vinyl. Pleasantly, the initiative has done wonders for local businesses. Besides boosting sales, Record Store Day also offers an invaluable service to writers: It p ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 6, 2013
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    August 15, 2012


    Hot Sugar heats up spike hill

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    All Of The Arguments About Digital Music, Summarized

    Piracy is theft. Piracy isn't theft because nothing physical is being stolen. You are taking money out of the hands of artists. Artists were already being ripped off by labels. Artists can make the money back by touring. Kickstarter.

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Black Friday Deadly, Insanely Profitable

    denver.neighborhoodr.comA Black Friday arrest in Denver. ​Black Friday was crazier than ever this year, claiming at least one life and causing 20 people to be felled by pepper spray in a Los Angeles Walmart. Not to mention the great $2 waffle-maker riot of 2011. Our entire country engaged in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Macy's to Open at Midnight on Black Friday

    ​What will you do on Thanksgiving? Eat yourself into oblivion, of course, but then what? Now you have the option to leave Thanksgiving dinner and waddle directly to Macy's, which will open at midnight on the sacred holiday of Black Friday. Read it and weep for our lost dignity as a nation:

  • Voice Choices

    August 10, 2011
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    August 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Q & A: Chunklet's Henry Owings On The Indie Cred Test, Not Being A Hipster, And Paying Tribute To Jerry Fuchs

    Ian Cone​The 100 Biggest Assholes in Rock Issue, The Shit List Issue, The Overrated, The Rock Bible--Chunklet mastermind Henry Owings redefined the 'zine aesthetic with his deliciously wisecracking, ass-chewing tongue, dumping on everyone and their mother while taking a little bit of time to e ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 20, 2011
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    January 21, 2011

    New York State Made $1.3 Million on eBay

    ​That's right. Our great state, saddled with debt, started a little business on the side, selling junk on internet auction site eBay, according to a report in the Daily News. The Office of General Services is in charge of the peddling and spokesperson said they are "very pleased with the progr ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2010


    You’ll even want to get something for your worst friend

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Your Favorite Stars Shill for Foodstuffs: Alec Baldwin & Robert Downey Jr.'s Newest TV Spots

    Robert Downey Jr. is giving Mr. Peanut a voice for the first time in the brand mascot's 90-year history. But the Iron Man isn't the only big celeb shilling for food products. Click through to see Alec Baldwin's commercial for Wegmans supermarket chain. The 30 Rock star once told David Letterman t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    NYC Record Store/Hip-Hop Mecca Fat Beats Is Closing

    "The slogan is it's the 'Last Stop for Hip Hop," a Fat Beats employee told us last year. "But now it literally is. All the other ones closed down." From XXL now comes word that Fat Beats itself will do the same, shuttering both its New York and L.A. locations. (They'll continue on at ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 8, 2010


    Vinyl will not go gentle into that good night

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Old Tower Records Space on East 4th Finally Has A New Tenant: Equinox Gym

    ​And thus, the pasty record clerks and furtive customers of the old Tower Records space on East 4th give way inevitably to the musclebound men and women who beat them up in high school. That vacated storefront on the corner of Lafayette--home, variously, to Halloween costume pop-up shops and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    Cafe Colonial May Close in Part Because of McNally-Inspired Rent Hike

    Cafe ColonialHistory come May?​Yesterday, EV Grieve noted that the building housing Cafe Colonial on the corner of East Houston and Elizabeth Streets was for lease, and wondered if the uncertain fate of 15-year-old restaurant was in part the result of the recent opening of Pulino's only a bloc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Bite of the Grape: More Fulminating over Whether to Sell Wine in Grocery Stores

    ​Yes folks, you were waiting for it, and now it's happened: yet another round in the battle of the press releases over Governor Paterson's proposal to allow supermarkets to sell wine. In one corner, weighing in at 478 words, we have the results of two polls which show "huge public support" f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Jesus Draws First Blood in War on Christmas: AFA Approves "Unambiguous" Gap Ad

    While the godless holiday ads were a novel opening for the X-in-Xmas Team in this year's War on Christmas, the game is not afoot until someone has retrenched under pressure. So we give a point to the Christers, as the American Family Association has announced it is "officially ending its boycott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Subway Restaurant Will Happily Vend Sandwiches Out of Your Defunct Record Shop

    This work permit would fit nicely next to the FBI logo on future CDs​What happens to record stores in the great hereafter? They become Subway Restaurants, of course. (Unless they become discount Nordstroms, or whatever the former 4th Street Tower Records is when it's not a Halloween costume sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Cash for Clunkers Drove Car Sales -- Now It's Time for the "Hangover" Stories

    "Staten Island's car dealers brace for post-'Clunkers' letdown," says the Staten Island Advance. Wait a minute -- we thought the program was a failure! Certainly rightbloggers like to say so. Wizbang called it "a complete failure" -- because it hadn't disbursed most of its funds. (And you thought th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    The Mountain Goats Announce Tour Dates, Hit NYC in December

    ​A week after the Mountain Goats revealed the name (The Life of the World to Come), release date (10/06/09), and theme (biblical) of the follow-up to last year's excellent Heretic Pride, the band has posted a slew of tour dates. John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, and Jon Wurster come to New York on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    News Roundup: The Walkmen, Green Day, Jay Reatard

    ​ --The Walkman have announced a fall tour. The band, still supporting last year's massive You and Me, will play the already-announced Guggenheim August 14 as part of the It Came from Brooklyn series and then play a stacked double-bill with Dinosaur Jr. in Central Park on August 16. The rest o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Beach Fossils' Dustin Payseur Blasts NY Mag Story as "Totally Weird," Denies Working at Urban Outfitters

    ​Here we have a brief "as told to" interview/profile with Dustin Payseur, a/k/a woodsy Brooklyn pop upstart Beach Fossils, describing his migration here from North Carolina, his brief tenure at Urban Outfitters ("though I'd rather people not know that"), and the label interest he inspired from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Farewell, Virgin Megastore

    photo via Jeff Baum Yesterday was the final day of business for Union Square's Virgin Megastore, where random in-stores and greatest hits albums you didn't even know existed provided a convenient meeting place for friends on the way to the movies, or Irving Plaza. The Times quotes a former employee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    H&M Goes Union

    Things are coming up roses for retailer H&M. Their stock hasn't been doing too badly lately, and they're even opening a new store this week at Lexington and 86th. This may have encouraged the company to reach an agreement with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union for a 3-year contract in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Saks, Neiman Marcus, Microsoft Lay Off Workers

    Haven't panicked yet? WWD reports that Saks Inc. -- the people who run the prestigious Saks Fifth Avenue -- is laying off 1,100 people, nine percent of their workforce, suspending its 401K contributions, and cutting back inventory. When Saks cuts back inventory, that's a bad sign. So are layoffs by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Obama Administration Urged to Make Food Safer

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association is urging the Obama administration to increase spending for food safety measures and cut subsidies to corn-based ethanol.[Reuters]Speaking of food safety measures, importing sheep's lungs is banned in the U.S., making it difficult for Scots in the States to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    More Apocalyptic Discourse with Appetite for Self-Destruction scribe Steve Knopper

    'If they're waiting for the next Thriller to come along and save everything, they're really, really misguided. I hope they've figured it out by now.' This week in the hopelessly antiquated print version of the Voice, I chat with veteran Rolling Stone editor/reporter Steve Knopper, whose new book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Liberal Media Ruins Black Friday

    Early reports were optimistic: Black Friday sales were reported up three percent over last year. People were even robbing their grandmothers and killing for deals. America was back! The spending spree even helped buoy the stock market Friday. "Worst economy since the 1930's?" a reader told Instapund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007
  • Music

    June 12, 2007

    Cred Sheet

    Stuff You Need to Know to Avoid Cultural Ostracism

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2006
  • Music

    March 21, 2006

    So Sick

    Biz bites the kids that feed it as radio battles everybody

  • Music

    February 14, 2006
  • NYC Life

    August 9, 2005
  • Music

    July 5, 2005

    Never Ending Math Equation

    After the court decision, file shares and mixtapes float on

  • Music

    October 19, 2004

    Store Wars

    Indies battle chains over product as industry kicks John Doe

  • Music

    May 25, 2004

    Sick and Mortar

    Real record stores open, close, move, struggle, and thrive

  • Music

    August 22, 2000

    Byterock’s Greatest Hits

    The Politics of Napping

  • News

    July 4, 2000

    Modem Patriots

    Silicon Alley Chokes on Proposed European Tax

  • News

    May 23, 2000

    Net Loss

    Music Industry Report Projects Huge Losses to Web Piracy

  • News

    May 9, 2000

    Keeping Up With the Napsters

    At Pho, a Thousand E-mails a Month Track the Great Digital Debate

  • News

    September 21, 1999

    It’s Sell or High Water

    Whee-commerce! Can Indie Booksellers Ride the Wave?

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