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January 27, 2012

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H.F.

'Ringo' was indeed named John. He was in Tuff Darts, an excellent and very nice fellow.

Alex in NYC

Ringo was in the Tuff Darts? No shit!

sebastian

I once picked up the story that one of Bob's fits of rage caused him to have a heart attack which damaged his brain in such a way that it disabled him to walk. No clue how valid this story is though.

Claribel

When Jeremiah/Ken Mac posted the news, I've been checking your blog hoping to see you post about it. Thank you for adding dimension and perspective on the loss of Bleecker Bob's on that block. That Bob could be awful to his customers and employees and so contribute to the demise of his business there, is sad too. The West Village of my youth that embraced eccentrics, creatives, and all types who made it interesting and exciting, characterized the NYC I love and took pride in, not the commercial West Village today that's taking over, identified more by people's purchasing instead of their creative power, as well as being a campus town for NYU. I'd think I'd rather have an a**hole Bob than an a**hole banker or SATC-type, or iced mocha frappucino lovers (they're not drinks, they're f*cking sundaes, ok?). Hope he finds a new place in the EV, even though that neighborhood is threatened too. I'm not a writer, so not being able to articulate my own sadness about this can be a little suffocating, so thanks again for your insights.

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I believe it is although I haven't seen it in a while. It was also the store that Seinfeld based a store on in the episode where Kramer tries to sell used records.

Garage Door Schaumburg

I wish your friendship will be ever lasting and god bless you both, I guess you had a very good time together. The image describing Motorhead is horrible one. Anyways nice post, keep rocking!!

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The West Village of my youth that embraced eccentrics, creatives, and all types who made it interesting and exciting, characterized the NYC I love and took pride in, not the commercial West Village today that's taking over, identified more by people's purchasing instead of their creative power..

Jack Lance 88

never say vinyls, bob's are a bit expensive,I prefer Bleecker Bob's 30 years ago.I rarely stop in anymore, and the rare times I do,

karen eliot

Bob had a stroke, not a heart attack, although I'm sure his rageaholic personality was to blame. Last I heard he was wheelchair-bound but that was years ago, dunno his situation these days.

Eric Hansen

As of September 14, Bleeker Bobs is still open, with the expectation they will relocate soon to the East Village. I bought an obscure, but not rare, Cramps compilation CD for less than $10 - not an avid record collector so not really concerned if any of the rare stuff is overpriced.

Do I have the correct impression that for a number of years Bob got extra revenue by subletting the 3rd St. store to a succession of jewelry and/or T-shirt vendors that worked independently of his operation? I suspect he depended on that revenue source to help cover expenses, but it no longer exists.

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