Legendary New York record store Bleeker Bob’s will be closing in May. Apparently it’s being replaced by a FroYo joint. Owned by notoriously curmudgeonly “Bleeker” Bob Plotkin, Bleeker Bob’s was one of New York’s first record stores to stock punk rock 45s.
After a year of speculation and rumors, it’s official: Bleecker Bob’s, New York City’s most loved and hated record store, is closing. It will be replaced by a Froyo outlet in May 2013. Soon, instead of rare punk 45s, you’ll have your choice of “sprinkles with that?” or a shot of protein powder with your 32 ounce container of probiotic bacteria. It seems progress means a total loss of identity in the once mighty Manhattan.