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Music Shops in New York

Updated Apr 09 2014 02:42 PM EST with 117 listings
Includes the few (big box) stores carrying cds and DVDs as well as the smaller niche music stores carrying LP vinyl records, cd's, tapes, dvd's and mp3's as well as those focused on a specific gendre such as Broadway, classical, or hip-hop or imported CDs.

New York City is on the cutting edge of the music scene with dozens of recording studios, music clubs, magazines - and music shops--still called "record shops" by many after the term "phonograph records". Music stores now sell mainly compact discs (CDs), a smaller selection of cassette tapes and an increasing number of videos and DVDs. Buying MP3 tracks to use on your MP3 player is even more popular now. That can be done online by downloading through iTunes, Amazon or many other Internet sites. Gift cards for digital downloads can also be purchased from local music stores.

The trend definitely seems to be moving towards online retailing and with the closing of the Virgin megastore in 2009 that was in Times Square, may have signaled the end of the large-scale record store, but there are still plenty of smaller music shops located all over New York City...for now, at least.

Borders Books & Music - Kips Bay

576 Second Ave., Kips Bay NY 10016 At 32nd St., Tel 212-685-3938
Fax: 212-685-3947

Borders Books & Music - Midtown

461 Park Ave., Midtown NY 10022 At 57th St., Tel 212-980-6785
Fax: 212-980-0529

HMV Record Stores

World famous for it's HUGE selection, this place is always well stocked with CD's, records, movies (VHS, DVD, LD) and cassettes.
Tel 888-414-1468
Website: hmv.com

HMV Record Stores - Carnegie Hill

1280 Lexington Ave., Carnegie Hill NY 10028 Tel 212-348-0800
Fax: 212-348-4410

HMV Record Stores - Fashion District

57 W. 34th St., Fashion District NY 10001 Tel 212-629-0900
Fax: 212-629-0990

HMV Record Stores - Midtown

565 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10017 Tel 212-681-6700
Fax: 212-681-6801

HMV Record Stores - Upper West Side

2081 Broadway, Upper West Side NY 10023 Tel 212-721-5900
Fax: 212-721-5999

Record Explosion - Fashion District

Broad selection of music. Standard pricing on all types of music from around the world. No delivery.
384 Fifth Ave., Fashion District NY 10018 Tel 212-736-5624

Record Explosion - Financial District

2 Broadway, Financial District NY 10004 Tel 212-509-6444
Tel: 212-747-0889; Fax: 212-661-6778

Record Explosion - Financial District

176 Broadway, Financial District NY 10038 Tel 212-693-1510

Record Explosion - Midtown

507 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10017 Tel 212-661-6642
Fax: 212-661-6778

Record Explosion - Midtown South

Wide selection of world wide music for your standard Mid Town prices.
142 W. 34th St., Midtown South NY 10001 Tel 212-714-0450
Fax: 212-714-2459

Sam Goody

Come to this CD/video/magazine chain store for a pop music potpourri of genres, from killer hard rock to radio friendly boy bands. Great weekly sales.
Website: samgoody.com

Sam Goody - South St. Seaport

Pier 17 (E.S. at Fulton), South St. Seaport NY South Street Seaport, Tel 212-732-8257

Music Stores (56 listings total)

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125th St. Record Shop

Possessing over 50 years of legacy in the Harlem Community. It is a cultural phenomenon regarded as #1 in the musical experience of the African Diaspora in the Americas.
274 W. 125th St., Harlem NY 10027 betw 7th & 8th Ave, Tel 212-866-1600

13 CDs

Specializes in electronica with a nice selection of rock and jazz too.
13 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY near Third Ave., Tel 212-477-4376

Accidental

This place appears a pile of just at first sight, but under the garage sale like surface you'll find gem after gem of bootlegs, out of prints and cult favorites.
131 Avenue A, East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-995-2224

Altitunes Partners

1104 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side NY 10021 Tel 212-696-0764

Associated Production Music

240 Madison Ave., Murray Hill NY 10016 Tel 212-856-9806

Audio Force

New and used musical instruments, DJ gear, amps, recording gear, and accessories.
630 Ninth Ave., Clinton NY 10036 Store #4, Tel 212-262-1717
Fax: 212-262-4552; E-mail: audioforce@netscape.net

Bate Records

CDs, tapes, Latin new releases, accessories.
140 Delancey St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-677-3180
Fax: 212-777-1466

Best Buy

New York City NY music store with large variety of music movie entertainment products from the latest CDs and DVDs to musical instruments, Napster music downloads and more.
Tel 888-237-8289
Website: bestbuy.com

Best Buy

1880 Broadway, Tel 212-246-9734

Best Buy

1280 Lexington Ave., Tel 917-492-8870

Best Buy - Flatiron District

60 W. 23rd St., Flatiron District NY Tel 212-366-1373

Best Buy - Greenwich Village

622 Broadway, Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-673-4067

Best Buy - Midtown

529 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10017 at E. 44th St., Tel 212-808-0309

Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies

If Tower is breaking the bank and doesn't have that import single you're looking for then Bleeker Bobs might be the light at the end of the tunnel, that is if you can make your way through the chaos of this stores eccentric organization but fear not as the clerks are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
118 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 betw 6th Ave. & MacDougal St., Tel 212-475-9677

Bleecker St. Records

Rock, jazz, and blues, on CD and vinyl. Thousand of 99 cend records are found downstairs, though a bit unsorted.
239 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY near Carmine St., Tel 212-255-7899

Bleeker Music Store

Small music shop with knowledgeable staff to help you find that rare or hard-to-find CD or vinyl record you are looking for. New York Music Store
239 Bleecker St., Tel 212-255-7899

Blues Production

1590 Madison Ave. Br., Tel 212-289-5543

Bluhammock Music LLC

227 W. 29th St., Chelsea NY 10001 Tel 212-239-3439

Dance Tracks

This place is like a museum of past techno trends as it retails some of the oldest and rarest deep house grooves, along with a good selection of newer beats.
91 E. 3rd St., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-860-8729

Dayton's

799 Broadway, Greenwich Village NY at 11th St., Tel 212-254-5084

Disc-O-Rama Music World

Discounted CD's are the speciality with a good selection of 12 inchers and videos.
186 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-206-8417

Discorama

Old and new mainstream titles, all at $10 a pop.
186 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY near Sixth Ave., Tel 212-206-8417
Website: discorama.com

Disk-O-Rama Music World

Annex Outlet.
40 Union Sq., Union Square NY 10003 Tel 212-260-8616

Etherea

Jaded from K-ROQ? Sick of Z-100? Come to Etherea for cutting edge indie and experimental joints with a little bit of electronica thrown in for flavor. No boy bands allowed.
66 Avenue A, East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-358-1126
Fax: 212-393-9267; E-mail: etherea@earthlink.net

Fast Life Music LLC

740 Broadway, Greenwich Village NY 10003 Tel 212-253-7799

FatBeats

Hip-hop, electronica, and R&B are found in abundance at Fat Beats, catering mostly to D.J.s and ravers.
406 Sixth Ave., Greenwich Village NY near 8th St.,
Website: fatbeats.com

Finyl Vinyl

Well stocked robust selection of oldies from the swinging' 30's to the disco '70's.
204 E. 6th St., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-533-8007
Fax: 212-533-8025

Generation Record

Imported CDs and obscure music.
210 Thompson St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Bleecker St., Tel 212-254-1100
Fax: 212-254-4376

Golden Disk

239 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY Tel 212-255-7899

Guitar Man

147 Orchard St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-475-5150

Hendon Music

35 E. 21st St., Flatiron District NY 10010 Tel 212-260-2287

House of Oldies

35 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY Tel 212-243-0500

Joe's CDs

If you're looking for Kenny G..don't come here. Rock type music with a bit of electronica and hip hop, used CD's in the back room.
11 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-673-4606

Kim's Mondo

Mini-chain of movie/music stores with everything indie. Electronica & indie music, magazines, books, and records crowd the store as the colorful staff amuse themselves.
6 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-598-9985
Fax: 212-598-9987

Kim's Underground

144 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-260-1010

Kim's West

350 Bleeker St., West Village NY 10014 10th St., Tel 212-675-8996

Music Inn

169 W. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-243-5715

Norman's Sound & Vision

Fairly priced rare and popular CD's populate this well organized shop, full of hidden gems and dusty classics.
67 Cooper Sq., Noho NY 10003 Tel 212-473-6599
Fax: 212-473-6610; E-mail: nev67@earthlink.net

NYCD

One of the only East Village type "new-and-used" cd stores to be found on the Upper West Side.
426 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side NY near 80th St., Tel 212-724-4466

Other Music

Not your regular music store, Other Music serves up new wave, old wave, and other niche genres that are often ignored at other "mainstream" music stores.
15 E. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-477-8150

R P M Music Productions Inc

48 W. 10th St., Greenwich Village NY 10011 Tel 212-228-9132

Rebel Rebel

Get ready for vinyl overload at this niche record store, carrying rarities in almost every category you can think of.
319 Bleeker St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 212-989-0770

Record Runner

6 Jones St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-255-4280

Revolver Records

45 W. 8th St., Greenwich Village NY 10011 Tel 212-982-6760

Rocket Scientist

Your basic hip village record store with new releases, hard to find collector items, plus a good selection of garage and psychedelia.
43 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-242-0066

Rockit Scientist Records

West Village new/used records and CD shop, with a emphasis on sixties garage.
43 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY at Bleecker St., Tel 212-242-0066

Rocks In Your Head

Punk is still! Here at this little basement store you can find new/used vinyl and CDs, plus some other hip stuff like a Mr.T tee shirt.
157 Prince St., Soho NY 10012 Tel 212-475-6729
Fax: 212-228-4557

Sam Ash

Considered one of the best professional sources for sheet music.
163 W. 48th St., Theater District NY 10036 Tel 212-719-2299

Shrine

If you worship folk rock then this is truly a Shrine to come to. Good selection of the regular used rock type stuff, mostly CDs.
441 E. 9th St., East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-529-6646

Smash

This place is a collectors paradise, with hard to find but slightly overpriced new and used CDs.
33 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-473-2200

Sounds

A collage of rock, jazz, and classical CDs, new and used.
16 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-677-2727
Fax: 212-667-2725

St. Marks Sounds

A expansion of this store famous for it's good collection of rock, classical, and jazz. You probably won't find better prices either.
5 Cornelia St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-463-8900
Fax: 212-677-3444

St. Marx Music

67 Cooper Sq., Noho NY 10003 Tel 212-228-7779

Strange Cargo

Fun, electric atmosphere with eclectic genres like Goth, garage, and punk. Novelty items like Kiss mask are plentiful.
117 E. 7th St., East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-260-6495

Venus Records

13 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-598-4459

Viper Records

230 Mott St., NoLita NY 10012 Tel 212-873-4415

125th St. Record Shop

Possessing over 50 years of legacy in the Harlem Community. It is a cultural phenomenon regarded as #1 in the musical experience of the African Diaspora in the Americas.
274 W. 125th St., Harlem NY 10027 betw 7th & 8th Ave, Tel 212-866-1600

A-1

Looking for some beats? A-1 is the DJ's source of some of the rarest and eclectic vinyls out there with reggae, hip hop, and house to rock the party.
Sixth Ave., Midtown South NY 10009 1st Ave/Ave A, Tel 212-473-2870
Fax: 212-477-6568

Academy Records & CDs - Flatiron District

Jazzy beats emanate as you walk through the narrowed halls staring at rows and rows of rare classical and jazz CDs, with a good selection of LPs to add to your collection.
12 W. 18th St., Flatiron District NY 10011 Tel 212-242-3000

Academy Records & CDs - Washington Heights

Come to the Academy and get a comprehensive schooling of all the classical and cool cat jazz LPs and CDs out there. Good selection of rock, soul, and blues too.
12 W. 180th St., Washington Heights NY 10033 5th/6th avs, Tel 212-242-2000
E-mail: staff@academy-records.com; Website: academy-records.com

Bleecker St. Records

Rock, jazz, and blues, on CD and vinyl. Thousand of 99 cend records are found downstairs, though a bit unsorted.
239 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY near Carmine St., Tel 212-255-7899

Carosello Pentagramo Italiano

Get your slice of Italy here at this informal multi purpose store that mainly specailizes in Italian recordings and operas, but also services as a bookstore, imports store, and gift shop.
119 Mulberry St., Little Italy NY 10013 Tel 212-925-7253

Casa Latina

Latino pop and salsa, mambo music; bongos and congas sold.
151 E. 116th St., East Harlem NY 10029 Tel 212-427-6062
Website: casalatinamusic.com

Classical Record

One of the cities most comprehensive collections of classical music, all on vinyl. Over 150,000 recordings, ranging in price from $9 to $900.
306 W. 38th St., Hell's Kitchen NY near Eighth Ave., Tel 212-675-8010

Downtown Music Gallery

Owner Bruce Galater keeps this place with his junkie like addiction to rare jazz, soul, world, and reggae. Also a good place for renown experimentalist John Zorn.
211 E. 5th St., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-473-0043

El Barrio Music Center

If you're living la vida loca then come to El Barrio for the latest in Latin music and Salsa flares.
2102 Third Ave., East Harlem NY 10029 Tel 212-876-3409

Footlight Records

Hard-to-find Broadway and big band records.
113 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village NY 10003 bet 3rd and 4th ave, Tel 212-533-1572

Gryphon Record Shop

Tons of rare and out of print LPs in this world famous music store.
233 W. 72nd St., Upper West Side NY 10023 Tel 212-874-1588
Fax: 212-874-2039

House of Oldies

Vintage records, ranging in price from $5 to $5,000.
35 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY near Bleecker St., Tel 212-243-0500
Website: houseofoldies.com

Jazz Record Center

Rare to modern CDs, records, and cassettes. Also books and posters.
236 W. 26th St., Chelsea NY 10001 Tel 212-675-4480

Juilliard Bookstore

The place for the classical music lover. Books on and about music, as well as dance and drama. Sheet music, current and historic classical CDs, and music accessories. Order on line.
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Lincoln Center NY 10023 Plaza level 65th/B'way, Tel 212-799-5000
Fax: 212-755-0469; E-mail: bookstore@ juilliard.edu
Website: bookstore.juilliard.edu

Keshav Music Imports

Specialty Music Shops New York NY Full line of quality Indian instruments, instrument repairs and Indian music.
67 E. 4th St., Tel 212-228-7864
Website: keshav-music.com

Nostalgia and All That Jazz

You may not be able to turn the clock back but at least you can get the soundtrack. Old style jazz, early radio broadcast, and posters.
217 Thompson St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-420-1940

Record Mart

Exotic selection of music from all corners of the globe, including calypso, salsa, samba, and reggae.
1470 Broadway, Fashion District NY 10036 Tel 212-840-0580

Satellite Records

The latest genres and sub-genres and sub-sub-genres of the ever changing electronica world are all represented here, large stock and helpful staff.
342 Bowery, Noho NY 10012 Tel 212-780-9305
Website: satelliterecords.com

Sonic Groove

Come to where the beats are at Sonic Groove, with enough techno and trance to ensure a killer party. Technophiles rejoice!
41 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-675-5284

Super Power Records

Ya mon! Come to Superpower for the most comprehensive reggae collection with the newest CDs and vinyl of all genres.
Brooklyn NY 11203 4905 Church Ave., Tel 718-282-7746

Upstairs

Tel 718-332-3322

Vinyl Mania Records

60 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-924-7223
Fax: 212-463-9586

Jazz/blue/reggae/country (1 listings total)

It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

49 W. 8th St., Greenwich Village NY Tel 212-777-7090

Lp's and Vinyl Records (19 listings total)

Academy Records & CDs

Jazzy beats emanate as you walk through the narrowed halls staring at rows and rows of rare classical and jazz CDs, with a good selection of LPs to add to your collection.
12 W. 18th St., Flatiron District NY 10011 Tel 212-242-3000

Bleecker Bob's Golden Oldies

If Tower is breaking the bank and doesn't have that import single you're looking for, then Bleeker Bobs might be the light at the end of the tunnel, that is if you can make you're way through the chaos of this store's eccentric organization, but fear not as the clerks are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
118 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 betw 6th Ave. & MacDougal St., Tel 212-475-9677

Bleeker Street Records

"Worlds Largest Oldies Shop" may be a little extreme, but they do carry a ton of rock, reggae, and jazz in all the relevant media (LPs, 45s, and CDs).
239 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY 10014 Tel 212-255-7899

Colony Records

50 years in the business hasn't put a dent in the quality and selection of sheet music available, that is if you can make your way through all the tourist.
1619 Broadway, Theater District NY 10019 Tel 212-265-2050
Fax: 212-956-6009; Website: colonymusic.com

Downstairs

If you just HAVE to find an original Dark Side of the Moon first edition vinyl, then chances are your wishes will be answered at Downstairs, along wish a load of other oldies and hard to find LP's.
1026 Sixth Ave., Fashion District NY 10018 Tel 212-354-4684
Fax: 516-789-8623; E-mail: downstairrecordg@juno.com

Etherea

Jaded from K-ROQ? Sick of Z-100? Come to Etherea for cutting edge indie and experimental joints with a little bit of electronic thrown in for flavor. No boy bands allowed.
66 Avenue A, East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-358-1126
Fax: 212-393-9267; E-mail: etherea@earthlink.net

House of Oldies

Vintage records, ranging in price from $5 to $5,000.
35 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY near Bleecker St., Tel 212-243-0500
Website: houseofoldies.com

Kim's Mondo

Mini-chain of movie/music stores carrying everything indie. Electronica and indie music, magazines, books, and records crowd the store as the colorful staff amuse themselves.
6 St. Marks Pl., East Village NY 10003 Tel 212-598-9985
Fax: 212-598-9987

Kim's Underground

144 Bleeker St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-260-1010

Kim's West

350 Bleeker St., West Village NY 10014 10th St., Tel 212-675-8996

Midnight Records

This place was hip before it was cool to listen to garage bands. Filled to the brim with indie reissues and bands you probably have never heard of.
263 W. 23rd St., Chelsea NY 10011 Tel 212-675-2768
Fax: 212-741-7230; E-mail: midnight@surf

Music Memorabilia

Music Store New York NY Records of all kinds from 33 to 78, LP's, sheet music, photos, posters, books and magazines.
155 W. 72nd St., Tel 212-579-0689
E-mail: info@musiccollecting.com; Website: musiccollecting.com

Musical Memories Plus

Music memorabilia of all kinds. 15,000 rarities form the 1800's to the 1980's.
2112 Broadway, Upper West Side NY 10023 Suite 414, Tel 212-579-0689
E-mail: music@coachnet.com

Rebel Rebel

Get ready for vinyl overload at this niche record store, carrying rarities in almost every category you can think of.
319 Bleeker St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 212-989-0770

Records Revisited

34 W. 33rd St., Midtown South NY 10001 Tel 212-695-7155

Rockit Scientist Records

West Village new/used records and CD shop, with a emphasis on sixties garage.
43 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY at Bleecker St., Tel 212-242-0066

Stooz

Used, new, CD/Vinyl. You'll probably find stuff here you can't find anywhere else.
122 E. 7th St., East Village NY 10009 Tel 212-979-6294
Fax: 212-677-5003

Upstairs

Tel 718-332-3322

Vinyl Mania Records

Used records, collector's items, 12-inch specialties.
60 Carmine St., Greenwich Village NY 10012 Tel 212-924-7223
Fax: 212-463-9586

Websites (4 listings total)

 
   

NYC Raves

Interested in attending a NYC rave? This site will help you get started and explains the general rave culture with links to other related web sites.
Website: hyperreal.org

Samash.com

Custom and vintage guitars and other musical instruments at the lower price.
E-mail: sales@samash.com; Website: samash.com

World Music Institute

Their website contains detailed info about upcoming World Music Institute concerts of world music & dance plus contemporary American music taking place in various NYC venues. CDs for sale through website.
49 W. 27th St., Flatiron District NY 10001 Tel 212-545-7536
Fax: 212-889-2771; E-mail: wmi@heartheworld.org
Website: heartheworld.org