Lost City has been getting an extremely different class of reader since posting that news that Music Row legend Manny's is set to close at the end of May. Musicians care deeply about the fate of this legendary store, which has sold instruments to just about every famous player you can name.
While I am saddened by the loss of this business, I am amused by some of the websites that have joined the chorus of woe in mourning its departure, sites I never knew existed until recently. Among them:
Les Paul Forum
The Fender Forum
Pro Sound Web
The Gear Page
Stage to Rage
That's just a handful of the sites who care that the irreplaceable 48th Street shop is shuttering. Who doesn't care? Well, based on their absolute absence of coverage, the New York Times, the New York Post, The Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday—basically every single paper in town.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is exactly why I started this blog. The editors who control the flow of official news in this town wouldn't know a story that strikes at the heart of what New York is if was sung to them in three-part harmony by the ghosts of Horace Greeley, H.L. Menken and Arthur Brisbane.