The heart of old Music Row has been just been cleared for demolition.
Fast Company reports:
“The former site of Manny’s Music at 156 West 48th Street in Manhattan has been approved for demolition, according to a city permit issued last month. It’s a final nail in the coffin for the legendary music store that served as a mecca for generations of musicians and once stood as the crown jewel of New York’s famed Music Row.”
Manny’s was here since 1935 and closed in 2009. It was a mecca for musicians famous and not. Then Music Row started getting murdered. One after another, the shops shuttered, replaced by Dunkin Donuts or nothing at all. Rudy’s Music Stop and Alex Accordion were the last to go.
I walked along that block of West 48th a few weeks ago to see what had become of it.
The name MANNY’S embedded in the doorstep was oddly missing. It had been cemented over. Why? The only reason I can think of to do such a thing is to “scalp” the building, a tactic used by developers when they don’t want a building landmarked before they can demolish it.
Manny’s was not landmarked.
According to Fast Company:
It was “unclear if the former Manny’s site would even rise to a level city officials would consider worthy of such protection. A spokeswoman for the landmarks commission told me the agency has not received any requests to evaluate the building.”