Alter-Native New Yorker: Crate-digging in NYC

It’s cheap, plentiful, black and shiny, and no audiophile’s trip to New York City would be complete without lugging back a suitcase or two of it: second-hand vinyl. From avant-garde jazz to the newly in vogue soul and boogie cuts from the early 80s, The Big Apple is a great place to shop for rare sounds at bargain prices.

With many platters selling for a few dollars, it’s worth your while to plan out a few trips to some of New York’s very best vinyl dealers. Here’s a whistle-stop guide to giving your collection an injection of East Coast credibility.

Academy Annex: 96 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Telephone: (718) 218 8200 Specialities: Cheap vinyl and lots of it across all genres. Worth the trip to Brooklyn.

The Sound Library: 165 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002 Telephone: (212) 460 4800 Specialities: Old-school hip-hop, disco and house.

Tropicalia In Furs: 304 East 5th Street, New York, NY 10079 Telephone: (212) 982 3251 Specialities: Soul, blues, Brazilian, rock and 60s.

Good Records: 218 East 5th Street, New York, NY 10003 Telephone: (212) 529 2081 Specialities: Soul and funk, great $2 section.

Big City Records: 521 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009 Telephone: (212) 539 0208 Specialities: Soul and funk.

So, get searching for that rare 7” Hawaiian Christian Jazz-Funk cut you’ve always dreamed of finding or pick the resident experts’ brains for gig tips and far-fetched anecdotes. Just make sure you haven’t gone over your baggage weight allowance on the flight home.

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