HiFi Records to open as Astoria’s only vinyl store – Astoria – New York

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The store will open July 11 at 23-19 Steinway St., selling new and used records.
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ASTORIA РThe only record store in the area, which will also serve as a caf̩, will open this weekend, according to the owner.

Javi Velazquez, 44, self-proclaimed “great music lover” will open its doors HiFi recordings at 23-19 Steinway St. on Saturdays, with a collection of new and used vinyls.

“The other record stores are pretty much all in Brooklyn or around town,” said Velazquez, an Astoria resident and daytime project manager who said he had long dreamed of opening his own store. drives in the neighborhood.

“I grew up working in record stores,” he said, adding that he paid for his college education by working in audio stores and repairing record players. “It’s always been a part of my life.”

He has decided to open his own space now, citing a recent resurgence in the popularity of records.

“There has always been great success for vinyl – it never went away,” he said. “It’s just a better way to connect with the music and the artist’s true intention.”

HiFi will sell both new and used records that span a range of genres, from metal to jazz, featuring well-known names like The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac to more obscure musicians.

“We have the whole range – we have indie rock, we have indie pop,” Velazquez said. “We have a very, very good collection of eclectic albums.”

There will be $ 1, $ 3, and $ 5 recording bins to browse, as well as newly released albums. There will also be used CDs for sale, and turntables made by turn around for those looking to buy a record player.

The store will also include a cafe serving coffee, cappuccinos, espressos and other beverages that customers can sip while they shop.

Velazquez plans to have listening stations with headphones so customers can listen to albums before purchasing, and also wants to host weekly or monthly open mic and live music events to spotlight local musicians. .

“Our goal is to promote and educate people on the local music scene here in New York,” he said.

There will be a big opening night on Saturday at the boutique from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., which will feature live music from the independent rock band from Queens The portico, as well as the performance of Negative death, Bria monet and DJ Jay Kinard.

The party is co-organized by the local blog We love Astoria, which first announced the opening of the store, and will offer free food from the Turkish restaurant Truva.

For more information, visit the the event’s Facebook page.


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