8. Rough Trade: Music venue, too
Rough Trade, originally from London, opened in Williamsburg right as so many of the city’s beloved record stores were going out of business. This anomaly has differentiated itself by including an on-site venue where local artists and bands perform. Most of the stock is new in this clean warehouse setting, where records are organized by taste. There’s also a cafe, art gallery, and a musical instrument store in the warehouse so make a day of your first visit to Rough Trade, which has the largest collection in all of New York City. See more photos of the unique space with reclaimed shipping containers here.