Best Latin Music Store (2008)

CASA AMADEO

Almost as much a Bronx institution (if on a much smaller scale) as the Yanks, CASA AMADEO (antigua Casa Hernandez) has been doing business since the 1940s, when it helped foster the Latin music boom that followed an influx of Puerto Rican immigrants during the second World War. Nowadays its broad shelves act as an unofficial archive of the music that flourished during the era—especially salsa, mambo, and conjunto—as well as a fine source for newer plastic from south of the border.

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