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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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T. Cole Rachel knows a thing or two about music. A regular contributor to V Magazine, VMAN, Interview, Dossier, The FADER, and more, he stumbled upon this little-known audiophile's wet dream by accident and now makes regular visits. In the heart of Greenpoint, The Thing is a thrift store/record shop hybrid that requires some serious digging to find those hidden gems. You can easily go insane searching through the plethora of records—be warned, this is not for amateurs.
"I'd recommend The Thing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It's a ratty thrift store in the front and a cavernous record store in the back. There are literally thousands upon thousands of records crammed into crates and boxes and shoved ceiling-high into the basement. There is no organization to any of it, but if you are willing to go and dig (and not immediately lose your mind by how immense it is), you can always find amazing gems for next to nothing. It's a total dream for DJ's and nerdy record collectors. I feel like no one really knows about it. I discovered it by accident."—Yale Breslin
· The Thing [NY Mag]
· T. Cole Rachel [Official Site]