In a very digital age, we forget what it was like to pop into the record store and purchase an album the day it dropped. The excitement of those moments is difficult to recreate in a time of immediate iTunes downloads, but you can have that magical music store experience at an abundance of places here in NYC. These four notable record stores have it all, whether you want to expand your vinyl collection or catch an in-store performance.
Right in the heart of the clusterfuck on Bedford Avenue, this tiny store has a far-reaching collection of mostly used vinyl with some new CDs thrown in for good measure. Make sure you don’t mind rubbing elbows with strangers when you enter this small but mighty store. – 218 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg