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Second Hand Rose Music

48 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003 40.733431 -73.991732
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-675-3735 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Products & Services: CDs/Records, DVDs/Videos
Photo by Corinne Durand

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Mon-Sat, 10:30am-8pm; Sun, noon-6:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R at 14th St.-Union Sq.

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American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Product Guide


  • CDs/Records
  • DVDs/Videos


This family-run record store opened on 14th Street and Sixth Avenue in the seventies and moved to its current location just steps from the Strand in 2000. While the worn-in shop may be cramped, the diversity of its massive selection is hard to beat. Genres including rock, jazz, funk, metal, electronica, doo-wop, classical, calypso, gospel, tango, and bagpipe music cram the packed shelves that reach almost to the ceiling. Bubble crates and boxes spill over with still more records, while an upstairs storage area holds the overflow. Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Maria Callas singing in Madame Butterfly, a belly-dance record, and a Chet Atkins album may all be found within inches of each other. A rich spoken-word collection includes Shakespeare’s plays and poetry readings. Out-of-print and imported CDs are also in stock, along with concert DVDs and videotapes. But perhaps most popular are the boxes of sale records the owners set out on the sidewalk several times a day to attract passersby. It’s an ever-changing hodgepodge of both mainstream and offbeat finds, and it’s possible to pick up anything from classic rock to folk to soundtrack titles for as little as a buck.