5 Best (Remaining) Record Stores in NYC

Colony Records, no longer with us.

For many, vinyl is a thing of the past. Heck, physical music in general has become antique. With the advent of iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube, the music industry has gone almost entirely digital. Just last year NYC lost a 64-year veteran of the record selling business, Colony Records.

But there still are the purists out there- the ones who are constantly updating their turntables and organizing their sleeves in alphabetical order. This is for those of you who are still looking for the record mainstays in NYC. These are the 5 best record stores in NYC, still standing:

Bleeker Street Records

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Last year Bleeker Street Records almost faced the same fate as Colony. Its rent had gone up too much, but luckily it was able to find a spot nearby to call a home. It may no longer be on Bleeker Street, but it’s still one of the top record stores in NYC.

Permanent Records


We can only hope that permanent’s name holds true, because the Greenpoint record shop is top-shelf. In a time when record store after record store is closing the doors, Permanent holds strong.

Turntable Lab

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This Alphabet City music shop sells more than just records, and that might be what keep them alive for the long haul. That being said, their vinyl selection is fantastic!

Good Records NYC

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Located in the East Village, Good Records both buys and sell records. They also have fantastic service, which, let’s be honest, is what make a good record store a good record store.

Academy Records & CDs

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Academy is another very large record store with great prices. The buy, sell, and also deal in all forms of music media, which is nice, just in case you feel like something other than vinyl.

What’s your favorite record store in NYC? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork

See New York City in One Day


New York City can be pretty big sometimes. Big and intimidating. When you travel here, you probably ask yourself how can I see all of New York City in one day? Is there a tour that I can see the top NYC sights in a short time so I can save the rest of my week for other sightseeing activities? Well, now there is.

Statue of LibertyIntroducing the all new New York City in One Day Tour!

In this 6-hour personalized tour of 12 people or less, you will sightsee by foot, minibus and boat. See all of the top New York attractions like the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge with a knowledgeable, local tour guide. Experience the neighborhoods of Manhattan, the New York skyline from the Hudson River, and more when you sign on for the New York City in One Day Tour.


  • 6-hour New York sightseeing tour, led by a friendly local guide
  • See top New York attractions by foot, minibus and sightseeing boat
  • Relax aboard a minibus and pass sights such as the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center
  • Stroll past New York City Hall and Brooklyn Bridge, and wander along the High Line, an elevated parkland walkway
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour New York Harbor sightseeing cruise and view the Statue of Liberty alongside other sights
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 13 people ensures personalized attention from a guide

You can book this brand new tour now online (New York City in One Day Tour) or by calling our visitors center 1-800-669-0051

NYC Activities for the Week of November 4

Justin Timberlake Barclays Center

It’s another week and another host of events in NYC. This week is highlighted by shows of all types, from Ed Sheeran to John Mulaney. Here’s what’s going on in NYC this week:

BrainStorm New York 4-7

Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom exhibition opens at the Met 4

Justin Timberlake takes over the Barclays Center 6

New York Comedy Festival 6-10

Rob Delaney Book Launch at PowerHouse Arena 6

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Opening Night 7

Ed Sheeran plays a sold out Madison Square Garden 7

War/Photography exhibition opens at the Brooklyn Museum 8

International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show 9-12

Kevin James headlines the St. George Theater 9

Queens International 2013 Opens at the Queens Museums 9

How to Spend Halloween in NYC with Kids

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Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re in New York City with young kids, you definitely want to find out what great events they can go to. Below is a fantastic list that isn’t to be missed!

Hometown Halloween – Financial District
Thursday, October 31 3-7:30pm
74 Trinity Place between Rector and Thames Streets
FREE! Everyone from 2 – 92 can trick-or-treat in the historic church’s graveyard. Starting at 6pm, Older children who can handle more spooky activities can watch a screening of the silent 1920 classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde inside the church complemented by the church organ.

Asphalt Screams – Upper East Side & Battery Park City
Thursday, October 31 4-6pm
FREE but online RSVP required
555 East 90th Street between York and East End Avenues
212 North End Avenue between Warren and Murray Streets
Both spots are throwing zombie-themed parties that are a must to attend. Enjoy games of Zombie Freeze Tag, a Spook-tacular Soccer Shootout and much more. First 300 kids to arrive will receive a ghoulish goody bag. Although this is a free event, a donation of $20 per family is highly appreciated.

Halloween 313 – Fort Greene
Thursday, October 31 5:30-9:30pm
313 Clinton Avenue between Lafayette and Dekalb Avenues
Every Halloween, volunteers at this house put on a a spectacular and over-the-top show for children of all ages. This year’s theme is 20,000 Screams Under the Sea: A Steampunk Adventure. Expect creepy simulations of Victorian glamour. Performances run approximately every 30 minutes and take place outside. It gets crowded quickly, so get there early to get a good view.

Where ever you go this Halloween, make sure you are safe and having a spooky and sweet time.

Alisa Vilabrera is a blogger for CheapOair. A leading travel website offering a large selection of discounted flight deals, hotel rates and car rentals.

NYC Activities for the Week of October 28

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The Shops at Bryant Park

It’s Halloween Week, sports are coming back to The Garden, and after two years, Marathon Day is this Sunday. Here’s what’s going on in NYC this week:

New York Television Week 28-30 

Rangers Hockey is back in Madison Square Garden 28

The Knicks home opener in Madison Square Garden 30

18th annual Halloween Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History 31

Village Halloween Parade 31

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park open 1

Fall foliage photography exhibition at the Dana Discovery Center in Central Park 2

The New York City Marathon 3

Eat and Play Wednesday: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!


Welcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! who offers 20% off with the card.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not was founded by Robert Leroy Ripley who was born in Santa Rosa, CA and moved to New York in 1913. Ripley developed a fascination with oddities and his collection of them began when he started to travel around the world. In July 1933, Ripley opened an auditorium with a showcase of all his weird collections. The collection brought in nearly two million visitors. Ripley died at the age of 50, however his collection endured with the first Ripley’s Believe It or Not opening in St Augustine, Florida in 1950.Today there are over 30 Ripley’s Believe It or Not around the world. Time Square opened their auditorium in 2007.

Operating Info

Ripley’s Believe It or Not is open 7 days a week, from 9am – 1am

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • Robert Leroy Ripley was born on Christmas.
  • Ripley quit school before graduating to support his sick mother
  • Ripley’s first trip abroad was to Belgium and France
  • John Arthur opened the first Believe It or Not museum
  • Ripley played semi-professional baseball back in Santa Rosa

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online or in person at our visitors’ center at 777 8th Avenue.


Eat & Play Wednesday: The Intrepid

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Welcome to Eat & Play Wednesday, where each week Gray Line New York will be highlighting one of our friends who offer discounts with the Eat and Play Card. Today we are taking a look at The Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum, who offers 20% off with the card.


The Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum is a grand collection of museum ships in NYC, filled with military and maritime history and is located in Pier 86 street. Shortly after a prominent New York real estate developer and philanthropist named Zachary Fisher and a journalist named Michael Stern fought for and succeeded in saving a WWII aircraft carrier named the USS Intrepid from being scrapped in 1978, The Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum was founded in 1982. In addition to holding the Intrepid, the museum also houses the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, A Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane and the most recent awarded gift, The Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Operating Info

The Intrepid is open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. -5 p.m., and open an extra hour late on Saturdays and Sundays until October 31st.

With the Eat and Play card you receive 20% off the price of admission at the door.

5 Quick Facts

  • In 2007, The Intrepid was used in the filming of the Will Smith movie, I Am Legend
  • The Intrepid was used as headquarters for the FBI during 911
  • The Intrepid became a national landmark in 1986
  • In 2012, the Space Shuttle Enterprise landed in NYC and has since been housed on the main deck of the Intrepid
  • Until 2013, the museum served as the home base for all Fleet Week activities in NYC

You can purchase your Eat and Play Card online here, or in person at our visitors center at 777 8th Avenue.