Record stores in New York

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by ekymetal, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    Location:
    West of the Hudson
    I've vented my frustrations about Amoeba in another thread. Their used vinyl stock has dwindled in the past few years in favor of new LPs priced higher than anywhere else around. You should hold out for branches of Freakbeat or Atomic Records (like Captured Tracks in Brooklyn but much better stocked). I keep imagining Tokyo's Disk Union might open a branch in LA; I know it's extremely unlikely but apparently they have a few buyers based in the Bay Area. The rumor started here!
     
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  2. hockman

    hockman Well-Known Member

    Disk Union has buyers overseas to source record stock for their stores in Japan! Probably has nothing to do with opening a store in the US. I can imagine they would expand around Japan before even thinking about this. The market is far far better in Japan I think.
     
  3. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    Location:
    West of the Hudson
    Agreed, this was "in an ideal world" thinking on my part. I'm hoping to make a vinyl shopping Japan trip soon, I've only shopped for CDs there previously.
     
  4. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident

    Location:
    NJ, USA
    The HMV's were all over the map for me. The one on 34th must have had a great buyer because they had an amazing import section. The one on 86th on the East side was also good for imports and cd singles. I think there was one in Harlem too.
     
  5. jupiter8

    jupiter8 Forum Resident

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    NJ, USA
    There were also Towers on the upper East side and in Trump (oof) Tower. The UES store didn't last long and neither did the Trump one, but that one lacked the foot traffic of the other locations so you could find good things there.
     
  6. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York
    I've picked up some great jazz records at the West Side location. They're both very good. Right now, they're the best record shops in Manhattan, with the exception of the Jazz Record Center.

    The pickings are very slim.
     
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  7. Rawkdude

    Rawkdude Member

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    NYC
  8. Marc Perman

    Marc Perman Forum Resident

    Location:
    West of the Hudson
    Los Angeles: Come for the weather, stay for the record stores.:cool:
     
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  9. Kevin Rachman

    Kevin Rachman Active Member

    Just go to Princeton Record Exchange all NYC Record stores have inflated prices to pay for the outrageous rents in manhattan and Brooklyn PRE is one of the top Record Stores in America
     
  10. btf1980

    btf1980 Forum Resident

    Location:
    NYC
    I go to Princeton Record Exchange occasionally if I'm in NJ and I'm close, but it's really not convenient to travel there to buy records for NYC residents. When you factor in travel time and commuting costs, what did you really save? Chances are you spent more. It's not even the money thing with me personally, it's the commuting time. Imagine someone commuting from the outer NYC boroughs like Queens, Staten Island or The Bronx to Princeton via mass transit. You'll need to add an additional hour each way before adding the 60-75 minute trip from midtown. This will be an over 4 hour round trip in total for people coming from the outer boroughs. Who has time like that to burn?

    Also, prices at PRE aren't earth shattering low or anything either. The prices on used records are pretty much comparable to record stores here in NYC for the most part. At least for the music I listen to. I actually found some of their prices on used jazz LPs to be higher than what I see at places like Jazz Record Center and Academy Records on 12th street.
     
  11. Kevin Rachman

    Kevin Rachman Active Member

     

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