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10 Best Record Stores In New York City
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10 Best Record Stores In New York City

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Updated: 6 December 2016
Despite the recent shift toward digital music, records and record stores seem to be making a comeback in recent years. New York City is one the best places to find records of any genre imaginable, and here are a few prime locations to discover them.
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Academy Records

With multiple locations around New York City, Academy Records has become a staple for buying and selling records. Hosting a large variety of genres from rock to avant garde to world music, there is sure to be something for any music or vinyl lover. Customers can peruse primarily used records in this small but laid-back space, complete with $1 bins full of interesting finds. Along with the record store, Acadamy Records also has an in-house label, which focuses on the reissuing of uncommon African psychedelic LPs.

Academy Records, 415 East 12th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 780 9166

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Generation Records

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Generation Records is the perfect spot to discover new and old metal and punk records. The store sells both new and used vinyl, along with DVDs, posters, and T-shirts, which can be found in the basement for affordable prices. Having lasted for almost 20 years, Generation Records shows no signs of leaving the village any time soon – much to the joy of metal and rock enthusiasts.

Generation Records, 210 Thompson Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 254 1100

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Other Music

As one of the quirkier stores on this list, Other Music is a great place to go if you’re looking to be exposed to independent and underground artists. Always one of the first stores to stock the newest records from experimental and rare musicians, Other Music also has a large variety of CDs, both used and new. The friendly and helpful staff also helps to host in-store events such as acoustic performances or listening parties.

Other Music, 15 East 4th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 477 8150

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A1 Record Shop

As the owner of A1 Record Shop, Isaac Kaufman sells any genre imaginable, including Calypso, Spoken Word, Rock, Techno, and much more. However, A1 Record Shop is mainly geared towards DJs due to its large selection of soul, jazz, and hip-hop. Since its opening in 1996, you can often see popular DJs browsing through crates of vintage records, and, with three listening stations, you are able to avoid picking up a scratchy record by testing it out beforehand.

A1 Record Shop, 439 East 6th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 473 2870

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After beginning in owner and founder Shawn Schwartz’s apartment and changing locations several times, Halcyon remains in Brooklyn as one of New York City’s most loved record stores. Primarily selling independent, underground music (specifically electronic and dance), the staff at Halcyon describe themselves as ‘hopeless music nerds…DJs…vinyl addicts…black crack pushers.’ Due to its welcoming and friendly atmosphere of music lovers, you will be sure to be making multiple trips back to this unique record store.

Halcyon, 395 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA +1 718 260 9299

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Co-op 87 Records

Although unassuming and located in a small space, Co-op 87 Records has a vast and well-curated selection of records in Greenpoint. Despite their lack of space, the record store remains very organized and quaint, featuring a lot of local artists. Notably co-owned by the heads of Captured Tracks, there will without a doubt be a great selection of records to choose from, along with bootleg concerts and various collector’s items.

Co-op 87 Records, 87 Guernsey Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11211 +1 347 463 9997

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Captured Tracks Shop

After years of managing their successful independent record label, Captured Tracks, the people behind the label decided to open the Captured Tracks Record Shop – a true hidden gem of Brooklyn. While stocking records and cassettes from their own label, the store still buys and sells new and used records, proving to have a variety of genres and labels. Musicians from the Captured Tracks label, such as Mac DeMarco, are known to hang around the shop, looking through the well-priced selection.

Captured Tracks Shop, 195 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA +1 718 609 0871

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Good Records NYC

Founded in 2005, Good Records NYC has made a statement by buying and selling records from the 1950s and onward. Similar to a lot of other record stores, Good Records NYC has a wide selection of genres, including Funk and International Music, but patrons tend to most often praise their jazz offerings. If you’re looking to sell any music-related items, Good Records NYC buys anything from turntables, audio equipment, and speakers to music-related posters and books.

Good Records NYC, 218 East 5th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 529 2081

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Jazz Record Center

Hidden so deep on the eighth floor of a Chelsea building that you have to buzz up in order to get in is Jazz Record Center – the best place to find jazz records of any kind. Founded in 1983, Jazz Record Center sells anything jazz-related, including CDs, LPs, and books. Perfect for ‘jump-starting or juicing up your jazz collection,’ you can find unknown jazz artists or household names. (Note: Jazz Record Center also does mail auctions.)

Jazz Record Center, 236 West 26th Street, Room 804, New York, NY, USA +1 212 675 4450

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Heaven Street Records

Boasting one of the most dedicated and friendly groups of employees, Heaven Street Records specializes in the sale of records from hardcore, noise, punk, and experimental labels. Prices tend to be inexpensive, which meshes perfectly with their support of the local, underground music scene. The staff leaves handwritten notes on certain records, adding to the charm of the sale of both new and used records.

184 Noll Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA +1 718 381 5703