- Black Gold
461 Court St., nr. Luquer St., Carroll Gardens; 347-227-8227
Even in the era of iTunes and Spotify, this one-room Carroll Gardens store has resurrected the neighborhood-record-shop ideal. Co-owner Jeff Ogiba updates his bins of rare vinyl daily with mint-condition Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk as well as current acts like Wilco and Beirut. There’s also a mini-museum’s worth of eccentric antiques for sale (old railroad signs, a stuffed baboon), plus a small coffee bar. Of the dozens of vinyl fetishist destinations in the city, none is more magically transporting than this one.
Best Record Shop
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).