Trash and Vaudeville

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Trash and Vaudeville's old location, on the lower levels of the historic Hamilton-Holly House

Trash and Vaudeville is a store located at 96 East 7th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue as of March 2016. Prior to that, the store was located at 4 St. Mark's Place in Manhattan, New York, behind the St. Mark's Hotel on two floors within the historic Hamilton-Holly House building. The store is associated with the clothing styles of punk rock and various other counter culture movements, and has been a leading source of fashion inspiration since its inception.[1]


The store occupied the same location on St. Mark's Place, a punk rock mecca, from 1975 to February 2016. "Trash" was located in a basement which formerly housed a pinball parlor[2] directly below "Vaudeville", accessed by an iron staircase.[3] Although physically separated as two stores, they were regarded as one entity.

In July 2015, Trash and Vaudeville announced that they would be moving from St. Mark's Place to 96 East 7th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue.[4] The controversial move was regarded by some as a mark of the gentrification of New York because Trash and Vaudeville was one of the last standing punk landmarks on St. Marks Place.[5][6] This move kept the store within the East Village, a neighborhood notable for its active nightlife. The original location closed at the end of February 2016, and the store reopened on East 7th Street in March 2016.[7]

Trash and Vaudeville is famous for clothing stars like the Ramones and Debbie Harry of Blondie during the golden age of punk rock in the 1970s and 80s. Many of today's top musicians and celebrities are still clothed by the store.[8] Ray Goodman, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, is the owner.[9] Punk icon Jimmy Webb was both the manager and primary buyer before opening his own rock boutique in New York City on Friday, October 13th, 2017 called I NEED MORE.[10]


The store was one of the first to stock Doc Marten boots, the British boot which became an international symbol of rebellion. They are the largest retail store stocked with Tripp NYC clothing, a brand which mirrors the DIY modifications of 80's underground musicians. Other stocked items of notoriety include leather motorcycle jackets, bullet belts, leopard print jeans, winklepicker boots, spiky accessories, and band T-shirts.[11] Trash was one of the only suppliers of black jeans in the early 80's due to the negative cultural connotation of the clothing item. Vaudeville has also been known as the go-to place to pick up flyers advertising music and nightlife activities in the New York area. [9]


  1. ^ Mau, Dhani (April 30, 2013). "Trash and Vaudeville's Jimmy Webb Talks 'Real Deal' Punk and Met Prep". Fashionista. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Van Meter, William (2013-05-08). "Trash and Vaudeville, Still Selling Punk's Look After 38 Years". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  3. ^ "Trash And Vaudeville". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  4. ^ "Legendary Punk Store Trash & Vaudeville Leaving St. Mark's Place After 40 Years". Racked NY. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  5. ^ "Trash and Vaudeville is moving". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  6. ^ "EV Grieve: Exclusive: After 40 years, punk rock mainstay Trash and Vaudeville is leaving St. Mark's Place". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  7. ^ Carter, Ilise (March 29, 2016). "Reliving Trash and Vaudeville's Beginnings In Its New East Village Home". Racked NY. Archived from the original on 2016-05-03.
  8. ^ "New York Punk Classic Trash And Vaudeville Takes Us Back To School". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  9. ^ a b Correal, Annie (2016-02-28). "Trash and Vaudeville, a Punk Emporium, Leaves Its East Village Home". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  10. ^ Grieve, EV (September 15, 2017). "Jimmy Webb will make dreams come true with new rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Way It Was: One Last Look at Trash & Vaudeville on St. Mark's Place". Racked NY. Retrieved 2016-02-29.

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