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.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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 nhuro‌witz@‌cnglo‌ or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Semi-permanent: This is not a closing sale.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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