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We generally abhor the promotion of fake holidays at Racked (April 6th: National Tartan Day; April 15th: National Rubber Eraser Day), but Record Store Day is one we can get behind. Music is good. Vinyl is charming. Tactile is grounding. Shopping is fun.

Thanks in part to the explosive resurgence of vinyl — 12 million units sold in 2015! — New York City has seen a boom in stores offering music in physical formats, a healthy complement to mp3s, streaming service, and internet radio. Here are 20 of the city's best stores to go digging on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 16th this year) or any other day.

Research assistance by Shannon Kennard

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1. Generation Records

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210 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-1100
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2. In Living Stereo

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2 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 979-1273
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3. Other Music

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15 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-8150
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4. Good Records NYC

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218 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-2081
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5. Turntable Lab

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120 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-0675
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6. Permanent Records

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159 20th St #1b
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 383-4083
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7. Earwax Records

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167 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3771
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8. Rough Trade

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64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-4111
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9. Vinyl Fantasy

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194 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
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10. Human Head Records

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168 Johnson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 987-3362
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11. The Thing

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1001 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 349-8234

12. Record Grouch

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986 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-0122
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13. Academy Records Annex

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85 Oak St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 218-8200
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14. Academy Records

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415 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 780-9166
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15. Captured Tracks

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195 Calyer St Downstairs
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 609-0871
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16. Co-Op 87 RECORDS

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87 Guernsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 463-9997
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17. Norman's Sound & Vision

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555 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-5532

18. Black Gold

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424 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 227-8227
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19. A-1 Records

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439 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 473-2870
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20. Halcyon: Stellar Records Armory and Strategic Audio Center

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74 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 260-9299
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1. Generation Records

210 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
Via
210 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

2. In Living Stereo

2 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
2 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012

3. Other Music

15 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
15 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

4. Good Records NYC

218 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003
218 E 5th St
New York, NY 10003

5. Turntable Lab

120 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
120 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009

6. Permanent Records

159 20th St #1b, Brooklyn, NY 11232
159 20th St #1b
Brooklyn, NY 11232

7. Earwax Records

167 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
167 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. Rough Trade

64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

9. Vinyl Fantasy

194 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Via
194 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

10. Human Head Records

168 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
168 Johnson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

11. The Thing

1001 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
1001 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

12. Record Grouch

986 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
986 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

13. Academy Records Annex

85 Oak St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
85 Oak St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

14. Academy Records

415 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
415 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009

15. Captured Tracks

195 Calyer St Downstairs, Brooklyn, NY 11222
195 Calyer St Downstairs
Brooklyn, NY 11222

16. Co-Op 87 RECORDS

87 Guernsey St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
87 Guernsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

17. Norman's Sound & Vision

555 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
555 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

18. Black Gold

424 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
424 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

19. A-1 Records

439 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
439 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

20. Halcyon: Stellar Records Armory and Strategic Audio Center

74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
74 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249