Monday, April 13, 2009

RIP Patelsons 1920-2009



Patelson's, soon to be a relic of another day, was one of those places that almost defined what was so great about being a musician in New York. The stock was great, you could always count on talking to somebody who actually knew what they were selling, and more than once I rubbed shoulders with the classical elite. It was a regular haunt of almost any musician who lives here, and one of the first stops for any musician swinging through town.

Here's the NY Times article about the closing, which details a quintessential New York family story.

1 comment:

inkster said...

In fact, Patelson's had been in the downslide for several years, as the Times article implied. As a result, the clerks at Patelson's were increasingly recommending that customers visit nearby Frank Music Company, 244 West 54th Street, 10th floor. It is not a browsing store, but has tremendous stock and a knowledgeable and helpful staff. It's not cheap, but when you really need something -- even something arcane or rare -- there's a very good chance you'll find it here.