Best Music Stores NYC: Record Shops In NYC Buyers Guide

Best Music Stores NYC: Best Records Stores in Manhattan and Beyond

Contrary to popular belief record stores have not crawled up and died; over 9.2 million records were sold in U.S. In 2014 more than triple the amount sold in 2009, die-hard music fans still and will always have a craving for the good stuff. From the collectible records to the dollar bin we have Rivington Musics list of best music stores in NYC.


Having stood the test of time for 18 years, and outlasting neighboring store corporate big brother Tower Records (RIP). Other Music houses a vast selection of experimental Jazz, Indies Rock, heavy metal and Electronica. The staffs music knowledge is up to date and broad, they put the finishing touches on an already beautiful cake.Check them out here.


Located on Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn we find ourselves in The Thing. To the casual buyer, the mess can look as ugly as the 1982 movie by the same name. For musical connoisseurs, the thrift shop appeal of digging for gold is part of the establishments magic. Once you find that dream record stack, you’ve been dreaming of, $2 a record will sound like music to your ears. Oh, and trust us after combing through 20,000 records you will feel like you earned it.Check them out here.

Academy Records & CD

Since 1977, Academy Records has stood out by specialization ( A secret success ingredient shared by most of the great record shops). The heart of this store among vast amounts of other genres has been the classical music section. No need to second-guess the quality of the records here, thanks to the fabulous owners and staff you can rest assured the product is top notch.Check them out here.
BTW: This is different than the East Village and Greenpoint stores that go by the same name.


This U.K based establishment was created to promote the most promising Artists on the Indie scene at the time. In the back of the store, a sacred performance auditorium allows new talent to grace its stage and show us that they have what it takes. The atmosphere is gritty and Dope, Rough Trade has been a place that’s kept it real and doesn’t plan on changing.Check them out here.

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