Neighborhood: Williamsburg
Address: 64 N. 9th St.

As record shops in New York disappear one by one, Rough Trade is just getting started here in the city. The first Rough Trade store opened in London in the late '70s, and in November of 2013, they set up shop in Williamsburg. Calling Rough Trade a record shop isn't really fair, though. Inside the warehouse space there is plenty of vinyl, but there are also books, exhibition spaces for art installments, keyboards to play around with, ping-pong tables, and a 250-person capacity venue in the back that rivals some of the best concert experiences in the city. In these modern times, when music junkies spend more time on SoundCloud than digging through records, Rough Trade has figured out how to bring music back to the physical world.— Jacob Moore