Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Thing, Brooklyn New York

The Thing - Brooklyn New York

Open record store. - 1001 Manhattan Ave. Brooklyn New York 11222

Recently I had a chance to spend an old fashion day searching for records in Brooklyn.  There are plenty of record stores alive and well in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.  Indeed, there were more stores to visit then I had time for in a single day.  The confluence of cheaper rent and proximity to a community interested in buying vinyl leads to great selection and opportunity.

Here is my first post about the stores I visited.  I start with The Thing.  I heard of it, but had never before experienced it.  As the sign says, more used vinyl than anywhere else in NYC.  No man could look at it all in a day (or two or three .... ).  Prices can't be beat - 50 cents a single, $2 an album. There is only one catch - there is absolutely, positively no organization.  So let the crate digging begin. David Johansen, who oversees the proceedings from his perch over the gateway to records, would be proud.

Oh, its a second hand shop for some of the upstairs.

The Thing Thrift Shop and Record Store Brooklyn New York














You can't truly appreciate just how many records there are without a video - a number of people have obliged - here's one - titled Josh Goes Diggin' @ the Thing - Brooklyn New York from Josh Lamont.





Here's a link to a May 7, 2006 article on the Thing in the New York Times by Nathaniel Rich titled Vinyl Underground   It's old, but he estimates that they have 130,000 records in there.  What do you think?

Next up on my Brooklyn trip -  Earwax.

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