West Village record shop Vinylmania has closed. The latest of casualities in one of the many neighborhoods where long time businesses are being priced out.
The shop first opened its doors in 1978, and has since become a little part of the New York music industry, supplying deejays with sounds to spin and music fans with vinyl for their collection. NY1 had this quote from owner Charlie Grappone:
"We affected a lot of people's lives and I can safely say that a lot record collections that still exist in New York City were built out of this store. I think it's like the end of an era. I think that when vinyl first came into play this store just took off,” said customer Doris Palazzo. “And as times changed, the record industry changed, and really I'm happy for them but I'm sad that it's ended."
We were happier to see Tower go.
Photo via shamrocktattoo's flickr.