Funkadelic Sold Here, on Vinyl

Neighborhood Joint

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The death of the neighborhood record store has been mourned for decades now, but vinyl is alive and well on the southern edge of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

At Black Gold Records, where wooden bins of records share space with a coffee bar and a small museum of antiques, you can flip through obscure recordings like “Cosmic Slop” by Funkadelic, “The Complete Demos of the Adolescents” and “The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.’ ” Anything that piques your interest can be sampled on a silver Yamaha-350 turntable near the back.

This curious hole-in-the-wall hybrid, sandwiched between branches of the Frankies restaurant empire, fits into its increasingly hip stretch of Court Street by not really fitting in.

“We wanted to make a place that revives the idea of discovery,” Jeff Ogiba, 30, an owner, said one recent afternoon. “Searching for a record should be like a treasure hunt.”

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