10 New York stores to replace your old favorites
Bummed about your favorite store closing? Fill the void with these worthy alternatives.
Fri Apr 11 2014
With the New York real-estate market spiraling out of control, it's not uncommon to see some of the best shops in NYC move out of the neighborhood or close for good—even staples like Loehmann's have gone. But fear not! We've matched the top recently shuttered shops with their sweet new counterparts. Think of it as new-stores nirvana.
Photograph: Beth Levendis
If you loved Mini Mini Market
Try Life:Curated and Pop
You still have time to shop at Mini Mini Market; it’s set to shutter at the end of May. But it’s also wise to rotate in some other shops like Pop (310 Grand St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-6001, shoppop.com), a well-stocked shop that sells funky dresses (many $50 and under) and a variety of accessories for less than $20. Life:Curated (186 Grand St between Bedford and Driggs Aves; Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347-689-9143, life-curated.com) also features a selection of reasonably priced indie goods like Lifetime super-soft tees ($30) and acrylic tie clips ($25) for men, though prices quickly go up from here.
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
If you loved Dagny & Barstow
Try Babel Fair and Cloak & Dagger
On the hunt for the kind of hard-to-find designers that Dagny & Barstow was known for? Babel Fair (260 Elizabeth St between E Houston and Prince Sts; 646-360-3685, babelfair.com) specializes in a global array of clothing, accessories and more: leather handbags from Greece, floral frocks from Australia—you get the idea. There’s a similar vibe at Cloak & Dagger (441 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-673-0500, cloakanddaggernyc.com), where you’ll find modelworthy pieces from Karen Walker, Modern Vice and more.
Photograph: Roxanna Marroquin
If you loved Dalaga
Try Alter and Pixie Market
You can still get Dalaga’s affordable stock on the store’s website (dalaganyc.com), but if you’d rather shop old-school (you know, by actually visiting a store), check out Alter (109 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-784-8818, alterbrooklyn.com). The two-room spot hosts a well-edited and ever-changing array of edgy clothes and accessories. Another option is Pixie Market (100 Stanton St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts; 212-253-0953, pixiemarket.com) on the Lower East Side, where you’ll find a deftly curated selection of pieces from up-and-coming designers.
Photograph: Imogen Brown
If you loved Loehmann’s
Try Gabay’s Outlet and Century 21
Discount chain Loehmann’s was an NYC institution for almost 100 years, but for designer deals at a more secret spot, go to Gabay’s Outlet (225 First Ave between 13th and 14th Sts; 212-254-3180, gabaysoutlet.com). The East Village shop gets its merchandise from the surplus of stores like Bergdorf’s, so expect to find items by Marc Jacobs, Chanel and more. And, of course, Century 21 (locations throughout the city; visit c21stores.com), is another fave for designer goods (Gucci, Prada, etc) at a fraction of their original cost.
Photograph: Matthew Scrivens
If you loved Kiosk
Try Kikkerland and Story
The good news is that Kiosk is only temporarily closed—the kitschy store is reopening in Union Square this spring. In the meantime, Kikkerland (493 Sixth Ave between 12th and 13th Sts; 212-262-5000, kikkerland.com) is a good spot for gag gifts and other quirky merch, such as Casey Schneider glass stones ($13) that water your plants. It’s also a good time to visit Story (144 Tenth Ave at 19th St; 212-242-4853, thisisstory.com). The Chelsea gift shop completely changes its theme and offerings every four to six weeks (previous concepts include “love” and “color story”), and a new one—unannounced as of press time—is set to debut next week.
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