It was the record store enshrined in West Village fame; a place where Bob Dylan and Kramer found their favorite vinyls in the dusty clearance bins that sat out front. The landmark from an era of the neighborhood that no longer exists, driven out by high rents, high spenders and, in this case, frozen yogurt stores.
On Saturday, Bleecker Bob’s shuttered its doors for good after 46 years on the corner of West 3rd Street and MacDougal–just a week before Record Store Day celebrations on the 20th. The forced decision was a result of dragged-out litigation with the landlord, who asked for a much more expensive price tag on the store’s prime real estate.
“The realtor wants $20,000 for this place. If you can get it, great,” Ski, an assistant manager at Bob’s, told the Voice a year ago. “But do you want some mom-and-pop or a Sbarro’s down here?”
No, just a frozen yogurt place. R.I.P. Bleecker Bob’s. You will be missed by all of us.