Best Record Store/Café/Antique Store/Hangout (2008)


High concept Halcyon isn't—the joke goes that they're thinking of putting in an accountant and a dry-cleaning drop-off—but this Carroll Gardens spot is an utterly agreeable place to spend a couple of hours. In front there's a snack and beverage counter, fashionista magazines, and some plush old couches; in back there are record racks with new club 12-inches and assorted vintage vinyl. On the walls are lamps, toys, clocks, and other home furnishings, all for sale and united in retro-fabulosity and not much else. And in the middle there's a DJ booth, where regulars and guests spin most evenings and anyone can take a crack at the open-deck sets on Saturdays.


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