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Best Records

  • Co-op 87

    87 Guernsey St., nr. Nassau Ave., Greenpoint; 347-294-4629

    Vinyl junkies, meet your new dealer. This stamp-size record shop, tucked away on a leafy residential street, houses an impeccably curated selection of new and used vinyl. So what separates this platter peddler from all the others? Fair prices ($3 to $15 in the used bins) and an unusually friendly staff. And unlike many of its competitors, Co-op 87 always seems to have—to paraphrase Ric Ocasek—just what you needed. It stocks a bounty of soul, house, and jazz LPs, with its cornerstone being electronica and classic and indie rock. On a recent trip to Academy Records Annex, that holy grail of North Brooklyn record shops, an employee was overheard telling a customer in search of used Neil Young, “You might have better luck at Co-op.”

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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