Vinyl Lovers Guide to Brooklyn

Five Record Shops in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Alison Lowenstein

With new record shops opening in Brooklyn, owning a record isn’t a sign of old age, but an indicator that you're keeping up with the times. In a world where you have instant access to countless artists on Spotify, Pandora/Rdio, etc, it’s refreshing to see folks still wanting to play vinyl. If you’ve purchased your first record player or you’ve unearthed the one from your youth, there are many record shops in Brooklyn to fill up your vinyl collection.

The next two weekends, The Brooklyn Flea is hosting the Brooklyn Flea Mini Record Fair. Each weekend, the Flea has invited some of their “favorite vintage vinyl sellers from previous fairs.”  Fifteen vintage vendors will be at the flea, the list includes Trash American Style, Jammyland, and Cakeshop/Capeshok and many others. Check out the full weekend lineup here

If you can’t make it to the Flea. Be sure to visit these record shops. Although there are numerous record shops in Brooklyn, here are a few that offer a bit more than records. From coffee to concert venues, these are must-visit Brooklyn shops.

Halcyon 

Halcyon has had many lives. From a storefront on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens to a space in Dumbo, this Brooklyn record shop has recently opened as a “New Vinyl-Driven Café" in Output, a popular Williamsburg club. In addition to Halcyon’s “tightly curated collection of 5,000 titles with selections leaning heavily towards the latest releases in domestic and imported House, Techno, Bass, Hip-Hop and more,” you can also enjoy For Five Roasters coffee and Roberta’s pizza.

 

Black Gold

Besides having an eclectic collection of vinyl, Black Gold, located in Carroll Gardens, serves up some of the tastiest coffee in Brooklyn (they also have a small menu of pastries). Pick up a Tote Bag from Black Gold and you'll get a lifetime discount at the shop. The small storefront is sandwiched between two of the best restaurants in Carroll Gardens, Prime Meats and Frankies 457.

Pick up some albums while you wait for a table at these perennial favorites. 

Rough Trade

This London based record shop opened an outpost in the heart of Williamsburg. The shop also doubles as a concert venue, with a list of indie musicians performing in the space. Stop in and search through their selection of vinyl. If you don't have a record player, they sell those, too. Immerse yourself in hipster culture at this record shop.

Academy Records Annex

With two listening stations to hear your potential purchases, this Greenpoint record store has a welcoming vibe. Check out their enormous selection of vinyl, as well as, CDs, DVDs, Zines and stereo equipment. Say hi to Tigger, the cat that lives at the shop. If you're trying to unload records, Academy Records Annex buys vinyl. 

Earwax Records

Earwax is a Williamsburg institution. The indie record shop opened in 1990, way before the hordes of bars, a-list restaurants and hipster hotels. The shop relocated to North 9th Street in 2013. Peruse their well-curated selection of new and used vinyl. They also sell turntables, receivers, speakers, amps and other hi-fi gear.