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Academy Records & CDs

12 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011 40.738611 -73.992171
nr. Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-242-3000 Send to Phone
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Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm

Nearby Subway Stops

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

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This specialty shop supplies the distinctive sounds that classical and jazz music aficionados crave. At any given time, and with a slightly pretentious air, musically fluent shoppers flip through countless bins of vinyls for the much sought after prize albums absent from their extensive collections. Rows of CDs tower against the chartreuse-hued walls, forcing well-versed employees to mount rolling stepladders to reach that much-needed CD. The Flatiron retail spot houses all of the classical masters, from Puccini, Vivaldi, Bach, and Mozart to Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong for the jazz set. The largest of the trio, this location also boasts recordings by rare songsters from country, pop, rock, and other genres; Academy’s Greenwich Village shop, on the other hand, sells only jazz, pop, and some genre LPs. A modest library of VHS and DVDs are also stashed among the maze of music.