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NYC recommendations

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by booch29, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    hi guys,
    First time traveling to nyc(from Israel)
    Would like to visit some cool shops(bass related of course)...
    Any recommendations? A must visit shop/s?
    Also, cool places to see a good gig?
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    What kind of music are you interested in?
    Most of the "old school" music stores are gone - Manny's, Matt Umanov's, 48th Street Guitars. Rudy's is in SoHo now. Roger Sadowsky has a shop/showroom, I think they're still in Long Island City. 30th Street Guitars is on 27th Street (don't ask), Dan's Chelsea Guitars is pretty close by, Main Drag Music in Williamsburg is fun but it's a. little underserved by public transportation.
    Then there's the Big Box guys - Guitar Center with several locations, but either 14th street or Times Square are the bigger ones. Sam Ash on 34th Street west of MSG.
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  3. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    The Sam Ash on 34th has a pretty decent collection of basses. I'd suggest that.
    I was in 30th Street and Chelsea guitars last October and found them pretty useless for bass.
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  4. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I second @Ed Fuqua on his recommendation to visit Roger Sadowsky's place in Long Island City – even if you don't have the shekels to actually purchase something there. Also, The Guitar Shop NYC on 34th Street in Brooklyn always has some interesting stuff – our own @Dr. Cheese recently posted an Ed Friedland video tour of the place. Lastly, even though there's little going on there bass-wise, if you appreciate fine instrument builders and reclaimed wood, a visit to Rick Kelly's Carmine Street Guitars in Greenwich Village is worthwhile.

    As far as music venues, it really depends upon your tastes. A couple of places worthy of consideration:
    • Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
      2751 Broadway, Manhattan (Upper West Side)
    • The Iridium
      1650 Broadway, Manhattan (Midtown)
    • The Bitter End
      147 Bleecker Street, Manhattan (Greenwich Village)
    • 55 Bar
      55 Christopher Street, Manhattan (West Village)
    • The Cutting Room
      44 East 32nd Street, Manhattan (Murray Hill)
    • Joe's Pub
      425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan (East Village)
    • The Django
      Roxy Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan (Tribeca)
    • The Loft at City Winery
      155 Varick Street, Manhattan (SoHo/Hudson Square)
    Enjoy your trip!
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  5. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
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  6. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Don't forget to visit the Statue of Liberty... the girl has some big feet.
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  7. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    Southside guitars and Main Drag music in the tragically hip Williamsburg. Matt at 30th street guitars.23rd street guitars . Rudys in Soho
    (" I saw you at Rudy's you were very high"... sorry Black Cow /Steely Dan).
    Just out side the city in Jersey, Lark street music. Mas Hino in Brooklyn and Sadowsky in Long Island City. NYC Bass works in Long Island. Sam ash on 34th has Larry Hartke there most days.

    Gigs: Jazz:Smalls and MezzRow, Smoke, Zinc, the Jazz Standard, 55 Bar and perhaps the Beacon. Others I like : SOB's,Piano's , Arlenes grocery, Shapeshifter lab... But it depends on what music you dig.

    Have a great visit.
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  8. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    All I have is food related suggestions but you didn't ask for any.
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  9. jthisdell

    jthisdell Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    When we were going to NYC back in 2002 my wife's Mom was very concerned about us and she asked "Where will you eat?" We managed to find a few places so we did not starve.
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  10. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    Thanks guys!
    Rudy’s and the guitar shop looks like great shops to visit! Also Sadowsky!
    As for music shows: anything from jazz to rock to r&b to old school hip hop ( I already ordered tickets to a ‘wu tang clan’ show!!!)...
    Thx everyone!!
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  11. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  12. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Larry Hartke runs the bass room at the 34th Street. He's there most days, stop by and chat with Larry all things bass and music.
  13. booch29


    Mar 27, 2013
    Hartke as in “hartke”?
  14. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
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  15. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    55 Bar
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