It could have been iTunes. It could have been NYU's kudzu-like appetite for Greenwich Village real estate. It's probably a combination of both that is has resulted in the landlord for the W. 3rd St record store Bleeker Bob's to hike up the rent, prompting its imminent closure. In a new 30-minute long documentary (watch it here) For The Records, Capital New York explores Bleeker Bob's impending closure.
Robert Plotnik opened the shop in 1967. Today, Bleeker Bob's is open with a "For Rent" sign up until the landlord can find a new tenant. It seems unlikely that it will set up shop elsewhere, meaning New York City will be minus one more brick-and-mortar record store for vintage vinyl.
Certainly the nature of any metropolis is change and development. But For The Records seems as if it will remind us how bittersweet that can be.