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A beloved 44-year-old record shop in Park Slope has been saved from eviction, thanks to a lease from another landlord on the same Fifth Avenue block.

There was an outpouring of support from longtime customers and record collectors for Tony Mignone’s Record and Tape Center after The Brooklyn Paper reported last month that the cramped time capsule of LPs, cassettes and — the ultimate anachronism — 8-track tapes could be deader than disco because his landlord would not renew his month-to-month lease.

“This is my 15 minutes of fame,” Mignone sang to The Brooklyn Paper from the spot near Ninth Street that he’s occupied for 38 years. He started the business in 1965 on Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street.

Mignone’s landlord demanded that he leave, though the issue was never Mignone’s rent payments. The landlord, who owns the deli next door, wants to expand into the space.

Mignone can’t wait to start work on the new store.

“Sometimes I’m dreaming of what I want to do and how I want to set it up,” the 73-year-old tune man said.

Mignone’s saga unleashed a debate on The Brooklyn Paper’s Web site about the changing face of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. There was a lot of support from readers upset at seeing an independent being forced out.

“His shop is old school — that’s why I go there. I expect a bit more from my music buying experience than opening up an amazon.com box or watching a download click across the screen. Meeting actual people is part of that experience that you internet shut-ins are missing,” wrote a posted named Frank.

Updated 5:58 pm, June 11, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

eddie from pk slope says:
"Others countered that neighborhoods evolve and that obsolete stores like the Record and Tape Center must adapt or go under."

This specific thing didn't even require all that much "adapting," just streetsmarts! He clearly has fans & is selling records ... but why didn't he know that an unwritten month to month lease could end on a month's notice? or that he should've been looking for real-lease space long ago?
I mean, hoping that bad things won't happen is NOT a business plan.
But yeah, vinyl, too, shall pass. It'll become like the heavy shellac records and big LP-size 78s from the Days of Yore: When the aficionados pass on, their collections will end up at the curb - b/c the stuff is cumbersome, technology has moved on, the hunting & hardware required have become luxuries, and most people don't want or need to turn music-buying into a social event. Nor can you blame them.
June 5, 2009, 11:47 pm
mark from carrol gardens says:
great to see some nostolgia will be staying in brooklyn.
June 6, 2009, 12:53 pm

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