One of the last great record shops in NY, Halcyon moved to its Dumbo location in 2006. Creating community through their weekly in-store performances by local and visiting DJs and disseminating extensive information on events throughout the city. (see their BLOG for schedule)
Halcyon faces the magnificent Manhattan Bridge through a couple of very industrial buildings making this spot quite cinematographic. On one side street, there is a graffiti wall on which the art changes from time to time. Across the street is a public space, complete with parasol tables and chairs, where you can sit and enjoy the area and listen to the music from the store. Wonderful especially when there are performances.
The store itself is beautifully designed with an ivy mural framing the windows on the outside, the high ceiling inside, vinyl art on the walls, astroturf grass on the floor, and even a stone garden.
The staff is friendly, helping you with their selection of a little bit of everything: Acid Jazz, Afro-Latin, Ambient, Noise, Disco+’80s+Dance Classics, DJ Mixes, Downbeat, Lounge, Trip-Hop, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Grime, Electro, Acid, Breaks, Electronica, Exotica, World, Funk, Breakbeats, Hip-Hop, House, Jazz, Nu Disco, Italo, Reggae, Dub, Rock, Pop, Folk, Techno…….. Be sure to check out their wall of suggestions and don’t be afraid to ask for whatever you are interested in.
On top of all the great new/used records & disks, Halcyon also carries t-shirts, books, and other items to keep you up to date with the scene.
The area of Dumbo itself is a wonderful place to explore. Having come on in recent years, it is now home to an eclectic mix of businesses and people. A trip to the park under the bridges is a must for all visitors to NYC. The views of lower Manhattan are stunning by both day and night.
Halcyon Vinyl Record Store
(1) 718 – 260 9299
57 Pearl Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
corner of Pearl & Water Streets in Dumbo
Noon – 20:00 Mon/Wed/Sat
Noon – 21:00 Tue/Thu/Fri
Noon – 18:00 Sunday