Record stores in NYC
Record Store Day is April 19, and while your initial reaction may be that this celebration sounds as obsolete as, say, Dial-Up Internet Day or Beeper Day, turn off your iPod for a second and hear us out.
Vinyl sales were said to be up 33.5 percent in 2013, a giant new record shop opened its doors in Williamsburg just a few months ago — and a handful of determined record stores are thriving throughout the city.
In a world of Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, these brave little shops are using well-curated stock and knowledgeable employees to cater to the music-obsessed, nostalgic collectors and those who just appreciate the hunt.
If you plan to make a day of record store hopping, the East Village and Williamsburg are your best bets. But here are a few spots to celebrate throughout the city. To see the list of Saturday's special releases, available in stores only, click here.
Rough Trade NYC
Where: 64 N. 9th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Rough Trade has long been a London staple, but it surprised New Yorkers by turning an old concept into a brand new store in November 2013. Now the biggest record store in the city, the 15,000-square-foot space features a vast selection of vinyls, some CDs and even cassette tapes, plus a coffee counter and bar. It also includes a small event space, where it hosts multiple live shows a week, many of them free. (Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt)
Good Records NYC
Where: 218 E. 5th St., Manhattan
A great find for anyone looking for a musical education, Good Records' helpful staff and labeled bins (check the new arrivals and recommended picks) make it easy to leave with something just right for a new or growing collection. And if you're still not sure what to choose, the dollar bin is always a worthwhile risk. (Credit: Flickr/Sean O'Sullivan)
Where: 15 E. 4th St., Manhattan Other Music, as its name implies, is not the place to go for mainstream hits. But for music lovers willing to explore something new, its carefully curated selection can't be beat. You'll find new and used vinyl, cheap CDs, and possibly get inspired by the always interesting playlist that accompanies shoppers. (Credit: Flickr/ Simon Collison)
Where: 12 W. 18th St., Manhattan
You'll find some rock, jazz and other genres at Academy Records, but classical music is the undisputed main event. Amidst the rare opera finds you'll also score music by local artists and some serious deals, if you're willing to dig.
If you like this, also visit the Academy Records Annex, now at 85 Oak St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, or the East Village location at 415 E. 12th St. (Credit: Facebook)
Black Gold Records
Where: 461 Court St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
If it's the full experience you seek, head over to Black Gold Records and enjoy antique furnishings, taxidermy and specialty coffee with your music. The vinyl selection appeals mostly to rock fans, but the sounds, like the merchandise, vary greatly. You never know just what you'll find. (Credit: Flickr/Black Gold Records)