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NYC's best spots for music, comedy, comics and books

There's so much to do and see in this city -- the choices can be overwhelming. We've rounded up some of our favorite spots for music, comedy, comics and books, both new and old.

Best place to see A-list stand-up: Carolines

This stalwart stand-up club not only brings you
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This stalwart stand-up club not only brings you the best up-and-coming comedians, but also some of the biggest names in the business of laughs. Just through the rest of the year you can laugh your way through sets from Gilbert Gottfried, Norm MacDonald, Kevin Nealon, Damon Wayans, Judy Gold and Dave Attell. 1626 Broadway, 212-757-4100, carolines.com

Best place to prepare for the 800 superhero movies out next year: Midtown Comics

Whether you need to bone up on your
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Whether you need to bone up on your Batman or study your Spider-Man, this comic store (there are three around the city, and satellite stores in FAO Schwarz and the Toys ’R’ Us in Times Square) has everything you need to know to be up to date when you get to the cinema for the next “Avengers,” “Fantastic Four,” and so on. Downtown, 64 Fulton St., Grand Central, 459 Lexington Ave., Times Square, 200 W. 40th St., 212-302-8192, midtowncomics.com

Best place to see classic rock: Beacon Theatre

Rock it old school at this massive concert
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Rock it old school at this massive concert hall where some of your favorite bands from back in the day come to take you back to your youth, from dancing with yourself and Billy Idol to showing your true colors with Cyndi Lauper. 2124 Broadway, 212-465-6500, beacontheatre.com

Best place to see the next “Saturday Night Player”: UCB Theatre

Getting tickets to see “Saturday Night Live” isn’t
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Getting tickets to see “Saturday Night Live” isn’t easy, but getting to see some of the next big Not Ready For Prime Time Players, or just the next big comedy star, for that matter, is considerably easier. Chelsea, 307 W. 26th St., 212-366-9176, East Village, 153 E. Third St., 212-366-9231, ucbtheatre.com

Best place to rock and shop: Rough Trade NYC

A record store and a music venue seems
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A record store and a music venue seems so obvious, but it’s taken a long time for that to properly hit New York City. This newish Brooklyn spot is a mecca for CDs and vinyl, not to mention the place to hear both popular indie-rock bands and the ones that people will soon be talking about. Here’s your chance to get ahead of the curve. 64 N. Ninth St., Williamsburg, 718-388-4111, rough tradenyc.com

Best place to recycle your books: The Strand

We’re a literate city with a tiny amount
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We’re a literate city with a tiny amount of space, so when you’re done reading the latest Haruki Murakami or Lena Dunham, why not turn that into your next literary adventure? Bring your old (and gently used) books down to this venerable institution, where you can sell your books for cash or credit and turn that thing taking up space on your shelf into your new subway reading material. Again and again. 828 Broadway, 212-473-1452, strandbooks.com

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