5. Rough Trade, Brooklyn

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At 15,000 square feet Rough Trade currently holds the title of largest record store in New York City. The space, which, according to Stereogum, was previously used as a prop warehouse for HBO, contains a sizable selection of records and books, a café, a music equipment store, a music venue that fits around 300 people, and an installation room.

The Williamsburg outpost of the popular London record store opened very recently in late November, with a performance by Sky Ferreira. The installation room currently houses a recreation of Childish Gambino’s bedroom. A Guardian Greenroom, right next to the ping pong tables, has polls set up for customers who wish to participate. Main Drag, a music equipment company, also has a place in the Rough Trade space.

The store is an arm of the London-based record label, which was behind the Smiths’ first four studio albums. Despite initial worries about competition, the mammoth-sized store seems to be succeeding in their aim to work well with the record stores already in the area.