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Shop in Soho for everything from cult fashion and cool design goods to bestselling fiction and natural-history curiosities. Despite the “mallification” of the neighborhood (and consequent slow-moving foot traffic), the retail-rich area is an intoxicating consumer playground. You can shop in Soho for everything from cheap street fashion to upscale designer garb and stylish items for the home—including taxidermy! We’ve selected the best shops in the area, including fashion-cognoscenti favorite Opening Ceremony and quirky one-offs like Evolution and Kiosk. When shopping fatigue sets in, retire to one of the local bars or grab a bite.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Soho, New York AvaMaria At Katherine Virketiene’s second Manhattan boutique (her first, Elizabeth 260 on the LES, closed in 2008), local emerging designers like Chulette and Inni Choi are the focus. All grand, of course, but we predict it’s the deep discounts on big-name designer dead stock that most shoppers will be seeking out. Threads by Miu Miu, Alberta Ferretti and Stella McCartney are marked up to 70 percent off ($80–$500), and shoes from Manolo Blahnik, Brian Atwood and Jimmy Choo are tagged $280–$480. The inventory rotates every two weeks; on a recent visit, we spotted Repetto ballet flats ($180), a studded leather Rafe clutch ($88) and a sweet floral-print La Perla dress ($350). Not to be overlooked are the shop’s unique accessories, including J. Davis Studio’s house rings ($78–$90) and Cyberoptix Tie Lab’s silk-sc
Move over, sports bars—this part of town actually has shopping potential You can always grab cheap eats and throw back a summer beer with the bros in Murray Hill. But, this part of town actually has shopping potential—and we're not just talking chain stores—too. Think unique seasonal wares, men's boutiques (fit for the Ivy League) and the most cutting-edge fashions from big-name designers all within walking distance. We visited the best shops in the area, and whether you’re still shopping for those last-minute summer fashion trends or transitioning to fall favorites—it’s worth a trip.RECOMMENDED: See more of the best shops in NYC Most popular in Shopping & Style Brooklyn Flea The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg . Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London for easy-fitting tube dresses ($78) and vintage locket earrings ($12), or Hartford Denim Co. for quality-denim goods, like hoodies ($325) and aprons ($110). While perusing crafts and collectibles by local artisans, munch on some local bites, such as People's Pops' shaved ice ($3) and ice pops ($4) made from local, fresh fruit. Where to shop in Soho: Best stores for fashion, design and books Shop in Soho for everything from cult fashion and cool design goods to bestselling fiction and natural-history curiositie
The best shops in Park Slope skew local and green—we’ve selected the neighborhood’s finest for fashion, furniture, design and gifts. Whether you’re looking for handmade ceramics, impeccable vintage frocks or even a superhero costume, our guide to the best shops in Park Slope points you to local gems. When shopping fatigue sets in, retire to one of the nabe's popular bars or grab a bite.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Park Slope, Brooklyn Babeland At this friendly sex-toy boutique—run by women and skewed toward women—browsers are encouraged to handle all manner of buzzing, wriggling and bendable playthings, including the famed Rabbit Pearl vibrator. The shop also stocks a huge variety of condoms and hosts frank sex-ed classes on a variety of subjects. Bird Fashion-forward Brooklyn residents flock to this unconventional boutique for its brood of up-and-coming local and international designers. Rubbing shoulders on the tightly packed racks in the slightly rustic space, the store stocks its usual stylish lineup of emerging and well-known designers, as well as a limited-edition organic collection by Steven Alan, 3.1 Phillip Lim embellished tees exclusive to the store, animal-friendly accessories by Stella McCartney, organic tie-dye bags and dresses by Bodkin, and limited-edition screenprints by Fox in Mociun, plus collections by Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, Tsumori Chisato, Zero by Maria Cornejo and more. Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company This mysterious shop—where you can buy such nov
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The former tenements are now stuffed with fashionable boutiques, but which are the best shops in the neighborhood? The old center of the rag trade used to be associated with discount stores. These days, you’ll find some of the best shops in the city for new designers and vintage on the Lower East Side. The pushcarts are long gone, but there are still some old-school food purveyors, including smoked-fish specialist Russ & Daughters and the vendors of Essex Street Market. Also be sure to check out the seasonal Hester Street Fair, which is among the city's best flea markets.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Lower East Side Alife Rivington Club It’s easy to miss this small but well-appointed unmarked shop, which has been dishing out street-inspired menswear since 2001. Ring the buzzer for access to solid, long-sleeved button-ups ($110) with a small, embroidered red heart and yellow lightning bolt on the front collar, and classic cardigans ($118) with front pockets and the brand name running vertically down the left-front side. Vibrant screen-printed logo tees ($35) have solid or camo lettering, while others bear phrases (“Life i$ money”) or simple images, like a rocks glass and the word whiskey. As for outerwear, offerings include collared, button-up camo jackets and two-tone varsity jackets with a script Alife logo on the chest ($185 each). The store doesn’t stock other brands, with the exception of Krink markers and ink ($8–$11) for its street-graffiti-writing clientele. Immediately n
Williamsburg shops offer everything from cool vintage threads to music and cutting-edge items for the home. Things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Williamsburg, Brooklyn, events: Concerts, parties, comedy and more Find dance performances, theater, indie films, comedy shows, gallery exhibits, parties and more with our guide to the best events in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Known for its indie-music scene, the ’Burg is a prime place to catch live music, but numerous small venues and galleries also host dance performances, arts events and some of the best free comedy shows in the city. Use our guide to the best upcoming events in Williamsburg to plan a day or night out in Brooklyn. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Blitzen Trapper + Phox + Horse Thief Portland, OR's beloved Blitzen Trapper delivers enthusiastic, ’70s-shaded rock, heavy on the sounds of the Grateful Dead and rootsy Dylan, most recently on 2011's accomplished and psych-minded American Goldwing. The band hits Williamsburg with a brand-new disc, VII. Input: Hyperdub Label Night with Kode9 + DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad + Ikonika + Brenmar The Input party has been going from strength to strength lately, and tonight's shindig keeps the hot streak going, with a little help from the scene-defining bass-music label Hyperdub. Head honcho Kode9, an original resident at London's seminal FWD>> parties who's a now linchpin of the low end, serves as the headliner—but there's plenty more where that came from. DJ
The best shops in the West Village include designer flagships, quirky independent boutiques and America’s oldest apothecary. The West Village stretch of Bleecker Street may have morphed into a mini Madison Avenue, but nonchain stores still survive in the neighborhood, including venerable apothecary C.O. Bigelow Chemists. Our guide to the best shops in the West Village points you to our local favorites for fashion as well as one-offs selling everything from rubber stamps to all things Lomography. When shopping fatigue sets in, retire to one of the many bars or grab a bite.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to West Village Aedes de Venustas You’ll be transported to Paris once you step inside this opulent bath-and-body shop. Rich burgundy carpets, gilded wallpaper, a gloriously huge chandelier and a mahogany desk that serves as the checkout area set the stage for the luxurious fragrances ($50–$300), candles ($20–$400), lotions, and soaps from brands like Diptyque and Annick Goutal. Curiosity cabinets house many of the store’s exclusives—the West Village outpost is the only location in the country to sell several items, including candles by Les Secrets Ladurée Paris. Albertine Thanks to a ceramic birdbath in the window and pink Louis XIV–style chairs and birdcages adorning the shop, Albertine is a fitting setting for a tea party—and carries what you could wear to one. Owner Kyung Lee designs the house line, Delphine, which covers both bespoke and off-the-rack clothing. Shoes and dresses by
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