Who Says Vinyl Is Dead? In These Temples of Tune, You'll Find LPs & 45s In Stacks & Piles You may get your music mostly via Spotify or Sharebeast, but deep down you know vinyl is way more fly. For half a century now reggae music has been pressed up on 45s and served like hot flapjacks at record shops throughout the five boroughs. NYC and London are the meccas—outside of Jamrock of course—but no matter where you live, chances are there's a West Indian spot nearby where you can pick up some musical ammunition to throw on your phonographic Hi-Fi system and murder any drumpan. As my bredren Sherman once said, you cyaan chop a soundbwoy with an mp3. AnimalNewYork's Ayman Ismail dropped by a few of our favorite NYC reggae spots with his camera and this is what he saw. Click On Photo Above To View Gallery

Moodies Records

3976 White Plains Road, The Bronx
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V.P. Records

170-21 Jamaica Avenue, Queens

It’s not just reggae’s leading record label, it’s also an O.G. record shop.

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Miss Lily's Variety

132 West Houston Street, Manhattan

Not to be confused with Miss Lily’s, the chic Jamaican restaurant next door, Miss Lily Variety just celebrated their first birthday last week with a star-studded anniversary bash. This funky record store also stocks books, DVDs, jewelry, and other cool shit—and it’s home of RadioLily.com. And don’t sleep on Melvin’s Juice Box, the awesome patty shop / juice bar in back.

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Keeling's Reggae

1342 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn

Keeling’s is a BK institution that’s known for its video selection as well as its copious amounts of vinyl. They’ve also got a recording studio, video editing and mastering facilities, and they even do computer repairs.

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Tiger's Reggae Hut

1092 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn

Tiger’s is one of those classic mom & pop shops that keeps the reggae culture alive. According to their awning they also R&B, hip-hop, soca, and gospel music. Plus flags, hats, and cricket videos.

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Deadly Dragon

102 Forsyth Street, Manhattan

Jeremy and the Deadly Dragon massive specialize in rare and collectible vinyl, including pre-owned 45s as well as limited edition reissues. They do a bustling online business and their sound system hosts a Thursday night party at Happy Endings called Downtown Top Rankin.

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Millennium CD & Records

4045 White Plains Road, Bronx

Here it is 2013 and this BX fixture is still slanging 45s like it’s 1999.

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Rock & Soul

462 7th Avenue, Manhattan

Depsite the name, this NYC DJ institution located just north of Madison Square Garden is more geared toward rap and dance music. But they’ ve always stocked a healthy selection of dancehall vinyl.

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Original Records

180-23 Linden Blvd, Queens

Gotta love a record shop that takes it back to the essence with the wall hanger brackets and dog-eared album covers. They don’t call this place original for nothing.

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