Few weeks ago Superior Elevation suffered a massive flood.
They’ve been staying quiet for the most part until they could finally assess all damages.
During the heavy rains from Hurricane Ida the building’s sewage / drainage system gave out and it released about 4 feet of water into the store. After help arrived, they managed to pump all of the water out. They did manage to salvage a small portion of the records, but at least 75% was destroyed in the flood, if not more, it was too late.
They do have insurance at the shop, however there is no guarantee of any funds at this point. And even if funds do come in, it will never match the incalculable losses from some of those unknown and hyper rare records that were lost. There were far too many records to be able to add up and prove values on.
All of this, and they are still determined to bring the shop back to life. They plan to open close by in either East Williamsburg or Bushwick. The goal is to find a place that will be better than our last location.
Superior on White street will always be a special place to all of us who spent countless hours digging, listen to some great tunes, gathering people for In Store live set, making a special place for the community. However they are convinced that, knowing what we know now, they can re-build this shop in a NEW location on DRY land, and make it even better than it ever was previously.
During the pandemic they were there, shipping records, even sometimes home delivering them, to any and all in need. They came back as soon as we felt it was safe and were all blown away by how much joy we could help bring back to our quarantined lives. The support and energy was incredible, and it has continued this way up until this horrible disastrous Hurricane Ida.
We are setting a goal of $20,000 to help secure them a new lease, and pay for the buildout they need to get this shop up to standards.
Please give what you can. Our only intention is to get set back up so that they can get back to bringing you the best records we can find at the best prices.
Thank you for reading this. And thank you so much for making Superior Elevation, a special store and a community staple that we all can learn from and use to help strengthen our own musical ambitions and community.
Ellen, Tom & all Superior Elevation staff.