Things to Do Record stores in NYC: A guide to vinyl, collectibles and more By amNY.com staff Updated March 21, 2019 5:07 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Anyone who collects vinyl records enjoys the thrill of the hunt, as they search through racks and crates for their ultimate musical "find." And sure, we know many prefer to shop on Amazon or listen to their music on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and SoundCloud. They don't know what they're missing. So, if you plan to make a day of record-store hopping, we have some recommendations. You'll find a handful of shops in the East Village and Williamsburg, but there are more spots to celebrate – and dig into – throughout the city. VP Records Photo Credit: VP Records As the flagship store for the major reggae label, the shop offers a large selection of Caribbean classics and new releases. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, it is one of the oldest continually operated records stores in the Northeast. (170-21 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Queens, vprecords.com) Captured Tracks Photo Credit: Michael Owens The brick-and-mortar shop for the Brooklyn-based Captured Tracks record label, this store sells new and used records and cassettes. Located in a basement in a residential area, the shop may be hard to locate, but is well-stocked with their labels and other popular indie artists. Also a plus, their sale bins tend to have new and still-desirable titles as opposed to unwanted stock. (195 Calyer St., Greenpoint, capturedtracks.com) Deep Cuts Photo Credit: Michael Owens A well-organized and interestingly stocked shop, Deep Cuts Record Store boasts a wide selection of vinyl, both used and new. (57-03 Catalpa Ave., Flushing, Queens, facebook.com/) Vinyl Fantasy Photo Credit: Michael Owens As the name implies, this Bushwick shop carries both vinyl and comics. One side of the shop includes classic rock, punk, metal, blues and jazz records while the other side is full of comics. Store staff is friendly and helpful if you need recommendations. Plus, it is pet-friendly. Superior Elevation Records Photo Credit: Michael Owens This Brooklyn shop has lots of variety, including house, disco, reggae, funk, soul and rock and has regular in-store DJ sets. It also buys vinyl in case you're looking to sell. (100 White St., East Williamsburg, superiorelevation.com) Earwax Records Photo Credit: Michael Owens For fans of newer vinyl, Earwax Records offers a diverse selection of records and CDs. The shop also carries vintage audio gear like turntables, receivers, integrated amps and speakers, and other merchandise like totebags, vinyl cleaner and T-shirts. 167 N. Ninth St., Williamsburg, earwaxrecords.net Black Gold Records Photo Credit: Shaye Weaver 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. (461 Court St., Carroll Gardens, blackgoldbrooklyn.com) Fifth Avenue Record Shop Photo Credit: Polly Higgins A neighborhood staple for four decades, this shop has vintage vinyl, cassettes and CDs for your perusal. It's got a range of genres, though it seems to skew toward rock. There's a lot to dig through in this small space but there are deals to be found. (9439 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, facebook.com) Moodies Records Photo Credit: Newsday This Bronx shop has stacks of vinyl that span genres, but there's a nice focus on Caribbean classics (and colorful vintage reggae posters) here. The shop owners, Earl Moodie Sr. and Earl Moodie Jr., have extensive musical knowledge and can help you find the singer, song or band you're looking for. (3777 White Plains Road, The Bronx, moodiesrecords.com) The Mixtape Shop Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner For true vinyl collectors, this minimal, vibey record store is the perfect place to grab an espresso and a croissant, and get lost in funk, house, electronic and world offerings you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the city (listening stations are also available). For those just dipping their toes into the world of records, prepare for the best. (1129 Bedford Ave., Bed-Stuy, themixtapeshop.com) HiFi Records Photo Credit: Christa Lopez One of the seemingly few record shops in Queens, HiFi Records serves as vinyl central in Astoria. Selling new and used LPs, CDs and equipment, HiFi is a solid one-stop shop for record enthusiasts. Spend hours perusing the store, which also features its own coffee shop, and check out one of its listening parties. (23-19 Steinway St., Astoria hifi-records.com) Jazz Record Center Photo Credit: Ken Micallef As the name implies, this store specializes in everything jazz. Selling books, DVDs, CDs, and -- of course -- vinyl in the genre, Jazz Record Center is a go-to spot. Tucked away on the eighth floor of an office building, it may be tricky to find, but for any jazz fan, it's definitely worth the visit. (236 W. 26th St., No. 804, jazzrecordcenter.com) A-1 Record Shop Photo Credit: Christa Lopez This cross-genre shop lets customers buy, sell and trade vinyl. Wall-to-wall records -- including hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B and jazz -- can make for a cramped shopping experience, but isn't that part of the fun? (439 E. Sixth St. facebook.com) Westsider Records Photo Credit: Christa Lopez Located on the Upper West Side, Westsider stocks jazz, classical, opera, Broadway and rock. Packed solid with vinyl as well as books, the store is suited to those who like to work for their finds; expect a bit of digging around to pick out your favorites. (233 W. 72nd St., westsiderbooks.com) Human Head Records Photo Credit: Christa Lopez With a reasonably priced and well-curated stock of rock, jazz, funk, soul, rap and other genres, new arrivals are updated frequently and the store sees plenty of stock turnover. You'll find a mix of rarer items and recognizable artists and some $2 to $6 bins. (168 Johnson Ave., Bushwick, humanheadnyc.com) Generation Records Photo Credit: Christa Lopez After shutting down its sister store, Bleecker Street Records, in 2016, Generation still stands on Thompson Street, offering a selection of music covering genres from punk to hard-core. Visitors can also peruse a variety of memorabilia and posters. The store also hosts live bands, signings and readings, too. (210 Thompson St., Greenwich Village, facebook.com) Rough Trade NYC Photo Credit: Linda Rosier 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 vinyl, 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. (64 N. 9th St., Williamsburg, roughtrade.com) Strand Bookstore Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz One big secret of the Strand: There's an ever-growing vinyl collection in the basement. Those who still read paper books also buy records, apparently, and you can find a selection of classic albums (Prince, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix) on the Strand's lower level. 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