There are only a handful of record stores on Long Island but over a dozen in Brooklyn so... road trip!
Yesterday I ventured into the hip heart of Kings County. Williamsburg, natch. Despite its proximity to me, Brooklyn is as difficult and time-consuming to enter as a longer trip elsewhere -- you have to endure delays on the dreaded BQE and futile searches for parking. Fortunately at the end of my trek there was a cold Guinness waiting to refresh my spirits. In a basement dive, of course.
I hit several record stores but Rough Trade is my favorite. Big, clean and full of festivities. Yesterday they had a full roster of live bands performing and three separate celebrity-signings. The crowd was way larger than usual but in a party mood. It's Record Store Day! Cool kids unite!
No visit to the 'burg is complete without a drop into Artists & Fleas. It's a marketplace of well-curated products sold by their makers. We should support craftsmen and -women; they create fun stuff you can't find at the mall.
BTW, kudos to whoever came up with the idea of putting salmon caviar on deviled eggs. :-)
Pics below. Next time come with me!
That sounds like a great day-trip! L and I have been watching a documentary about Long Island radio station WLIR (here: https://www.sho.com/titles/3451740/new-wave-dare-to-be-different). I think you would enjoy it - it was a huge blast from the past for me!ReplyDelete
I know WLIR well. They played progressive rock in the Seventies when I was listening to that.Delete
FUN.... I got your card in the mail...how awesome.. and I hope all is well with you .. you must be doing well since you're out adventuring. You are looking awesome!! Lots going on here... will send you and email update :) JReplyDelete
Happy to hear from you, Jodi! I might come back to your Island soon and will let you know in advance.Delete
Lived 14 years in Brooklyn, spent more time in Manhattan and the Bronx than anything. There are parts of Brooklyn I never visited. In the late 80's there was a store in Soho where I used to buy LP records very cheap.ReplyDelete
Most of those Manhattan record stores closed; the rents got too high.Delete
You could have walked into a friend of mine, who's currently visiting over there, and who's quite a vinyl aficionado. Love you choices! xxxReplyDelete
Oh! This looks like a fun day trip - despite the traffic.ReplyDelete
Ah, Record stores and road trips. A favorite combination. I love these pictures and images. The shot of yourself is fabulous and I certainly am well acquainted with those lovely shops and community. I love the handmade, artisan feel to that marketplace.ReplyDelete
I am very glad a cold beer awaited you !
Thanks, Elle. Someday you'll have to join me.Delete