A final farewell to Bleecker Bob’s: An encore presentation of ‘For the Records’

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Editor's note: In July 2012, Capital presented a documentary film, For the Records, about the final days of Bleecker Bob's. Next week, on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m., the filmmakers will be appearing at a special screening of the film at The New School. Here are more details about the screening, and an update from one of the filmmakers.

Since Bleecker Bob's records was priced out of its location on West 3rd in Greenwich Village in May, the space has been sealed up and left empty. The new tenants have fixed a sign for frozen yoghurt outside, but inside, the chipped black and white floor tiles remain. The walls, once lined with crate after crate of second hand vinyl, have been stripped bare.

“It kind of amazes me,” says Jennifer ‘JK’ Kitzer, Bleecker Bob's partner, five months after the shutters went down for the last time. “What was the rush?” In the months since the store closed she's packed up the records and put them in storage in Brooklyn. But a part of her still can't believe that the battle is over.

"I think in the long run they wanted us gone. They didn't want a mom and pop store there,” she says. “We couldn't pay market value so they decided to rip it down and create something that would fit with the local economy."

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Bleecker Bob’s was a New York institution with a rich musical history. Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Patti Smith shopped there in its heyday. Even towards the end, it was a music-lovers' Mecca where the lights burned into the small hours 7 days a week, all year.

For the Records, a documentary about the last days of Bleecker Bob's that premiered on Capital New York last year, is screening at The New School, 55 West 13th Street, on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and The New School for Public Engagement. A short Q&A will follow the film. Come and share your stories.

Admission free, booking essential. Call: 212-475-9585 x35 or email: rsvp@gvshp.org.