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The Thing

1001 Manhattan Ave. , Brooklyn, NY 11222 40.733219 -73.954793
nr. Green St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-349-8234 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($) Budget
  • Type: Consignment/Thrift Shop
  • Products & Services: Antique/Vintage Furniture, Books, CDs/Records, DVDs/Videos


Thu-Tue, 9:30am-7:30pm; Wed, 9:30am-7pm

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Greenpoint Ave.

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Product Guide


  • Antique/Vintage Furniture


  • Books
  • CDs/Records
  • DVDs/Videos


One of many thrift stores along Greenpoint’s Manhattan Avenue, this shop’s basement is a dream for determined record enthusiasts. First, visitors must navigate the haphazard smattering of heavily used kitchenware, clothing, furniture, CDs, DVDs, and other bric-a-brac that fills the ground floor. Then, in the back, a handwritten sign beckons shoppers down a narrow staircase into a dim basement; here, three aisles of shelves are crammed with more than 130,000 unsorted records (all selling for flea-market prices) that owner Larry Fisher acquires from auctions, estate sales, and classified ads. So jam-packed is the area and so frequent are Fisher’s additions that the collection has started creeping upstairs in crates and boxes. It’s best to visit when you have a free afternoon to sort through the titles, and keep in mind that while most of the stock sells for a fixed price, negotiations aren’t impossible.