It's no surprise that vinyl records are having the boom they are; look at just about any other type of vintage product. Nostalgia has a very strong effect on the market, whether you're talking about music, fashion, sports, gaming, or pop culture.
Long before the days of DSPs and streaming (even CDs), everybody would consume their music through vinyl records. They'd set up their record player, find their go-to spot, and then vibe out to a whole album - not just a song of their choice, the whole damn album.
There's something special about this, beyond the nostalgia. It represents a time where listening to music was a significantly less impulsive experience. We mindlessly skip from song to song, rather than listening to projects all the way through - like artists intended them to be. Shuffle is another aspect of modern music listening that has drastically changed the listening experience of music fans.
This piece is not meant to criticize the streaming model of music; rather, it's dedicated to celebrating vinyl records. Here's a list of seven vinyl record stores in NYC (in no order) that you've got to see for yourself.