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Rough Trade has long been a London staple,

Rough Trade has long been a London staple, but it surprised New Yorkers by turning an old concept into a brand new store in November 2013. Now the biggest record store in the city, the 15,000-square-foot space features a vast selection of vinyls, some CDs and even cassette tapes, plus a coffee counter and bar. It also includes a small event space, where it hosts multiple live shows a week, many of them free. 64 N. 9th St., Williamsburg, roughtrade.com (Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt)

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Record Store Day in NYC: Record shops worth visiting

Record Store Day is April 19, and while your initial reaction may be that this celebration sounds as obsolete as, say, Dial-Up Internet Day or Beeper Day, turn off your iPod for a second and hear us out. Vinyl sales were said to be up 33.5 percent in 2013, a giant new record shop opened its doors in Williamsburg just a few months ago -- and a handful of determined record stores are thriving throughout the city. In a world of Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, these brave little shops are using well-curated stock and knowledgeable employees to cater to the music-obsessed, nostalgic collectors and those who just appreciate the hunt. If you plan to make a day of record store hopping, the East Village and Williamsburg are your best bets. But here are a few spots to celebrate throughout the city. To see the list of Saturday's special releases, available in stores only, click here.

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