NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – When Jamal Alnasr first moved to the United States from Palestine, he discovered a new world of music. At the downtown record store where he took a job as a teen, he had never seen so many titles.
“I said, ‘I want to know it, and I want to know it all,'” he said.READ MORE: Calls For Immediate Change Ring Out After 36-Year-Old Asian Man Stabbed In The Back In Lower Manhattan
MORE FROM THE DIG: Each Piano Is A Patient For Long Island’s Piano Doc
Back then, he spent most of his salary on industry magazines and concert tickets. Decades later, he continues his musical education at Village Revival Records, the Greenwich Village shop he’s been running since the 1990s.
“When it comes to music, I’m really greedy,” he said.
MORE FROM THE DIG: Fat Choy: ‘A Chinese Fast Food Joint That’s Also Vegan’ Arrives On The LES
Each day, he pores over new releases. His expansive and ever-growing collection includes CDs and cassettes. “I buy a lot of special and private collections from producers,” he said.READ MORE: New COVID Variant First Detected In New York City Spreading In Northeast
But the main attraction is vinyl, whose popularity Alnasr says is increasing among music lovers of all ages.
“They miss the actual physical thing,” he said. “With vinyl, you really like everything. You discover a new thing every day.”
He says music unites people of all backgrounds, making his shop a destination for gathering and conversation.
“I love my community,” he said.
He’s grateful for the support he’s received throughout the pandemic.
“New Yorkers are just amazing. They always have been,” he said.
MORE FROM THE DIG: At Floyd Memorial Library In Greenport, Learning Never Stops
Though money is tight, Alnasr refuses to quit.
“I’m going to be here, and I’m trying my best. I know myself I’m not getting rich. But I have a lot of vinyls, though,” he said.
Village Revival Records
197 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
What’s something few people know about but everybody should? Whatever it is, Elle McLogan is tracking it down on The Dig. Join her hunt for treasures hidden across our area. Follow Elle on Twitter and Instagram.