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Subterranean Records

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5 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014 40.731779 -74.001237
nr. 4th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-463-8900 Send to Phone

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Nearby Subway Stops

A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa


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Subterranean Records is located down half a flight of stairs from the Cornelia Street sidewalk, and as the self-proclaimed “home of the obscure LP, CD and 7-inch,” much of the music is underground, too. There's an extensive rock and soul vinyl collection from the fifties through the nineties, with an especially impressive selection of seventies punk artists. The once-modest collection was given a drastic boost in 2004 when shop regular Robert Quine—the former guitarist for artists like Lou Reed and Richard Hell—bequeathed his considerable collection of jazz and blues. Prices range from prohibitive to giveaway, and if you're not sure about a pick, just ask:  It can be played over the store's stereo. If you're at all worried that the clerks are judging you based on what you peruse (à la High Fidelity), don't be: Take comfort in knowing it wouldn't be in the store if they didn't think it was good.

Special Requests

If you have something in mind that you don’t see, the staff is willing to help track it down.