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August 24, 2014

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Randee Dawn

"This pretty much blew a new part in my hair."

That's my new favorite line.

G

My recollections of that address (and they might or might not be a little off):

When I first went on that block in maybe '80-'81, I was looking for comics/comix. 118 W. 3rd was still the Night Owl, but it was a head shop. They had the underground comix I was looking for, plus they were still selling a lot of old 60s posters (I remember getting Y. Rascals & Buffalo Springfield). Then there was the Batcave for the regular comics down those stairs in the still there--the movie material store was in the basement on the other side of that stoop. Bleeker Bobs was still on MacDougal on the other side of the park. I don't remember Bonaparte.

This is the hazy part: I remember later the Night Owl moving down W.3rd towards 6th Ave., but then the building it was in got torn down and then that McDonalds (that's still there) went up in the same spot. Can anyone else confirm that?

JAM

i definitely remember bonaparte, open for just a short time but used to shop there often, along with 99 records around the corner, second coming on sullivan st and the original bleecker bob's. it was run by some british guys, and they specialized in the more "classy" new wave stuff at the time like haircut 100, flock of seagulls, modern romance, lots of new romantic stuff. i've often thought about that place but had forgotten the name, glad i stumbled across your post. good memories.

JAM

did some online digging, details here in a 1981 issue of billboard on when they opened: http://books.google.com/books?id=rCQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT62&lpg=PT62&dq=bonaparte+records+new+york&source=bl&ots=d2hXuYEo4x&sig=ueJOJMEfoFej9KqI2nyMrOMoB5M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QcwtVMy7KMzisASKt4D4Bw&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=bonaparte%20records%20new%20york&f=false

if you have trouble with the link, try googling "bonaparte records new york" and it's one of the first results.

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