REMEMBERING A CHURCH OF MUSIC

Birdel’s in Bed-Stuy was one of the now long lost neighborhood records stores

The corner of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street is buzzing with shoppers, cars, city buses, children being scolded by their mothers, brothers in dark suits and now ties hawking Muhammad Speaks, and music soul music coming from Birdel’s record store at 535 Nostrand. It is the late ’60s. My mother takes me inside where she is greeted by…