Permanent relocation: G’point record store sets sights on G’wood Heights

New lease on life: The Greenpoint location of Permanent Records is on its way out, but a new location way on the other side of Prospect Park is in the works.
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It’s a record turnaround.

A Greenpoint record store, which just days ago The Brooklyn Paper reported is closing its doors in mid-September, has announced it will reopen in Greenwood Heights in October. The store said on Friday that it was decamping from its Franklin Street home of seven years because its landlord wants to move a family member into the storefront.

The new 20th Street location may seem like a slog for regulars, but it’s still theoretically possibly to take the G train within just more than a mile of the store, a manager said.

“We’re making the most of the situation, and we’re excited to be tackling a new neighborho­od,” manager Matthew Milligan said. “Obviously a lot of Greenpointers are going to be bummed, but it’s still on the G, even if it is a bit more of a journey.”

The new spot is in BrooklynWorks, a shared office complex between Third and Fourth avenues, and a more obvious destination for riders of the R train, which stops five blocks away on 25th Street.

The vinyl emporium is BrooklynWo­rks’ first commercial tenant, but a founder said it is a natural fit.

“I love vinyl and I love music,” said BrooklynWorks founder Vicrum Puri. “Our members give the record store a built-in client base, and it’s a mutually beneficial partnership where we get exposure from their clientele and vice versa.”

The wax slingers at Permanent will have to squeeze their crates into a slightly smaller space than their current location, but Milligan said a little bit of creativity will keep them from having to reduce their stock.

The shop will remain open in Greenpoint until Sept. 15, and analog fiends can get their vinyl fix once again when the new store opens on Oct. 1, Milligan said.

Owner Marjorie Eisenberg said in an announcement e-mail that loyal customers unwilling to schlep to Greenwood Heights for records could look forward to a bolstered mail-order operation.

The record store, which focuses on rarities, staff picks, and dollar-bin items, opened the shop on Franklin Street between Green and Huron streets in 2007, moving there from Northport, Long Island, where it first opened 12 years ago.

The Permanent Records crew had hoped to stay in Greenpoint, which became a record store mecca during its time there, but claimed that rising rents in the neighborhood made it impossible.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
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Me from Bay Ridge says:
Get off the G train and take the B37 Third Avenue bus. Easy peasy! Check the schedule though -- runs every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 on weekends.
Aug. 27, 2014, 9:20 am
Santos from Greenwood Heights says:
Looking forward to stopping by!
Aug. 27, 2014, 11:33 am
Ted from Park Slope says:
I'm happy they are still around, but who buys records? How do these places stay in business? I never see anyone inside the record store on 7th ave in Park Slope. The guy seems really nice, I'd go out of my mind with boredom though, sitting there mostly alone all day.
Aug. 27, 2014, 11:48 am
Glenn from Brooklyn Heights says:
Not only have vinyl records come back into vogue (and never left for lovers of great sound) but companies are, once again, producing records and new companies are pressing new vinyl!!
Support your local record stores....
Aug. 27, 2014, 1:19 pm
Marcus Hayes from Harlem says:
I love Brooklyn. But it's a shame rising rents are running everybody out.
Aug. 27, 2014, 1:38 pm
Rick from Park Slope says:

I only buy vinyl. Sales have been surging the past few years. There is no better way to listen to music. Digital is so manipulated and fake sounding. I've bought thousands of dollars worth of vinyl from the place on 7th Avenue, as do many people I know.

***Through June, 2.9 million vinyl records were sold in the U.S. this year, a 33.5% jump from a year earlier, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Vinyl sales jumped nearly 30% in 2012, per data from the Recording Industry Association of America, and have been on a steady upward trajectory since 2006.
Aug. 27, 2014, 1:40 pm
Rick from Park Slope says:

No one is leaving Brooklyn in this story. Permanent Records is moving from Greenpoint, Brooklyn to South Slope, Brooklyn.

While I agree with your general statement, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever with regard to this story.
Aug. 27, 2014, 1:41 pm
Omar from Bushwick says:
This is a nice, unpretentious little store, but it's hard to imagine its customer base following it to a new location. Hopefully, folks in the South Slope buy vinyl.
Aug. 28, 2014, 12:36 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
See the directions I gave above. Or, take the R train from 9th Street to 25th Street and tour beautiful Greenwood Cemetery before heading to 20th to shop. Certainly not after; you don't want to lug those records up the hills and down the valleys.
Aug. 28, 2014, 3:42 pm

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