We recently stopped by Rough Trade NYC, a new massive record shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that’s outfitted with cantilevered and stacked shipping containers. It’s the U.S. counterpart to the independent British store which has two locations in London. The 15,000 square foot space makes it the biggest record shop in the city. Like in London, Rough Trade NYC is much more than just a music retailer. Focused on an experiential atmosphere, there’s a full stage and concert venue, a coffee counter with food by Greenpoint favorite Five Leaves, an exhibition space, a place to create and DJ music yourself, a bookstore and even ping pong tables!
Take a virtual tour:
The books are displayed on the upper level:
The music venue was still under construction while we visited but we got a few images. When completed, there will be shows almost daily.
The soundbooth and back of the bathrooms, which are also made of shipping containers!
Reclaimed wood for the balcony seats
Lower level bar:
Ping pong tables on the upper level of the music venue:
DJ booth with Main Drag Music:
The current exhibit in “The Room”:
Guardian Reading Room: