A recent article in The New Yorker brought back a ton of memories about how cool it was to be a musician in New York even if you were only visiting at one time in what seems like forever in the past. That was a time when the mecca of music stores was centered at 48th Street. Sadly, Music Row is no more as the the last tenants moved out in , although most had been gone for some time before that. The 48th Street stores also always had the latest gear, which was a big deal before the Internet made manufacturer communication about new product instantaneous. Talk about exciting.
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The other day, I biked the length of Forty-eighth street from Seventh Avenue to Sixth Avenue and encountered an unusual view. In the middle of the south side of the block, where a clutch of music stores had once been, was rubble. An enormous expanse of rubble. The municipal version of a tooth that has been knocked out.
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Sigh, still miss it. Gracins and nearly all of the other instrument shops are long gone. In the 80ies and 90ies I bought much gear in this street..
I recall going to 48 th street during the late sixties and going in and out of several music stores. This almost hurts even more than the recent news that Tin Pan Alley might be torn down, while Music Row still exists. From the 60s through the 90s, 48th street between 6th and 7th Avenue was a mecca for music stores. In fact, these were arguably the best music stores maybe in the world, always with the latest gear and the best prices.