i knew youd say that!
when I first discovered dance music, I used to buy records at Frankie Bones' store Sonic Groove. small, narrow shop (kind of similar in size to black market in soho, without the downstairs) run by him, his brother Adam X and Heather Heart. they had huge PA speakers hanging on chains from the ceiling, the cash register was on a raised platform alongside the decks and they'd be spinning insane ravey shit at club volumes while you flipped through the racks. on Saturday afternoons, you could barely squeeze in, got turned on to so much wild shit there (including all the Drop Bass Network 12s that @thirdform loves so much).
weren't they all from like Bay Ridge? definitely not the Brooklyn of modern artisanal yogurt weavers lol.
by my teenage years I was in London so I only went record shopping in NYC when I would go back each summer for visits, but I mostly used to go to Satellite on the Bowery (that was a really great record store IMO) although I would sometimes go to Sonic Groove too.
yeah, bay ridge and then carmine st in the west village. satellite started as a smaller shop and then moved to a HUGE location on bowery, hard to imagine a dance music record store that large. in alongside all the restaurant supply stores, the bowery had already started to get less sleazy but that was still back when rents hadn't skyrocketed yet. also had a store in Atlanta.