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Known as "Music Row," West 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues has been the city's music store destination since the '50s, but the street's anchor, Sam Ash, has plans to relocate. The family-owned business operates several stores on the block, and the Post reports that they plan to move them one by one. To start, the company has just signed a lease for a spot on 333 West 34th Street.
Paul Ash told the Post that the first to go will be the brass, wind, and drum shops, and he added, "eventually we'll move all of them." The Post eulogizes: "If all the Sam Ash outlets leave the fabled Midtown block—the city's mecca for guitars and other instruments since the 1950s—they'd leave behind only a few small surviving musical shops." In the meantime, the property owners of the north side shops are planning a condo, and Sam Ash's new store will actually be in the former home of the Merrill Lynch cafeteria.
· The day the music died on 48th Street [NYP]
· Sam Ash [Official Site]