Other Music closed on June 25th, 2016.
Other Music is located on 15 East 4th Street, Manhattan, at the corner of 4th and Lafayette. It lies just to the west of Washington Square Park and NYU, two blocks southwest of Lit Lounge, five blocks north of Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and seven blocks south of Webster Hall. In addition to being a record store that also holds in-store events, Other Music also sells tickets for many venues.
For in-store concerts, the central area of the record store is cleared out, with bands and their equipment there (sometimes acoustic), and the crowd just in front of them, closer to the door. For in-stores, the store is closed and a line forms outside, length depending on the band & notice (they’ve also occasionally done free, but ticketed, in-stores for particularly popular acts, like The Breeders). There is no bar or any refreshments at all on offer, being ‘just’ a record store, unlike the backroom bar of the late Sound Fix Records, or the café of the late Union Square Virgin Megastore ten blocks north (or Housing Works, which also has a bar).
Also unlike Sound Fix or Virgin, Other Music is still open to in-store events. Many record stores in the Bowery/NYU area have closed and/or moved, both independent and chain, due to the growing popularity of online downloads and ordering (and the area’s higher rents), but Other Music (which also operates an online download store) is still here – at least for now. So enjoy it when & while you can…
15 East 4th Street (Corner of 4th and Lafayette)
4 & 6 trains to Astor Place – walk 1 (long) block south on the west side of Lafayette Street, turn right on 4th Street
4 & 6 trains to Bleecker Street – walk 3 blocks north on the west side of Lafayette Street, turn left on north side of 4th Street
N & R trains to 8th Street-NYU – walk 3 blocks south on the east side of Broadway, turn left on 4th Street
B, D, F & M trains to Broadway-Lafayette – walk 4 blocks north on the west side of Lafayette Street, turn left on north side of 4th Street
A, B, C, D, E, F & M trains to W 4th Street – walk 9 blocks east (past Washington Square Park) on north side of 4th Street
L train to 3rd Avenue – walk 10 blocks south on 3rd Avenue, 1 block west on north side of 4th Street
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