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 in East Village in Manhattan, New York. 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 by owner and founder Ray Goodman in 1975.[1]


Ray Goodman founded Trash & Vaudeville in 1975 at 4 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY. The store occupied two floors within the historic Hamilton-Holly House building on St. Mark's Place from 1975 to February 2016. The basement formerly housed a pinball parlor[2] directly below the upstairs, which was 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 at 96 East 7th Street in March 2016.[7]

Trash and Vaudeville is famous for clothing stars like the Ramones, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen and Debbie Harry of Blondie, and many more musicians and actors 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 and head buyer. He was born in Jersey City and opened Trash & Vaudeville at the age of 18 after years of working in fashion and hanging on St. Marks Place. [9] Jimmy Webb was a salesperson and one of the assistant buyers from October 1999 until leaving the 7th street location in 2016. [10]


The store was one of the first to stock the British Doc Martens boot, which became an international symbol of rebellion. They are the largest retail store stocked with Tripp NYC clothing, a brand created by Goodman and his wife, Daang Goodman. Other stocked items of notoriety include bondage pants, creeper shoes, platform boots, leather motorcycle jackets, studded belts, leopard print jeans, winklepicker boots, spiky accessories, and band T-shirts.[11] Trash & Vaudeville made the first black skinny jeans in 1978, worn by musicians like the Ramones, and continues to sell the same namesake black skinny jean style today. The store continues to be an institution for all things punk, goth, glam, grunge, metal, streetwear, and skate.


  1. ^ Mau, Dhani (April 30, 2013). "Trash and Vaudeville's Jimmy Webb Talks 'Real Deal' Punk and Met Prep". Fashionista. Retrieved April 2, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "New York Punk Classic Trash And Vaudeville Takes Us Back To School". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  9. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Jimmy Webb will make dreams come true with new rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More". EV Grieve. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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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