Field trip to Grand Central Terminal
Commute got you stressed? Get in some retail therapy at the Lexington Passage.
Tue Sep 22 2009
Cursive New York
Originally a small setup in ABC Carpet and Home, this cute gift shop was sought out by Grand Central to replace a flower shop when its ten-year lease expired. Now instead of lilacs and daisies, the shelves are stocked with stationery, a stable of citrusy and flowery soaps, funky pens and other novelty items. Best-sellers include a natural sea sponge for the bath ($18.75), single cards by Sesame Letterpress for Cursive ($6), Lothantique diffusers and hand cream ($27.50--$54) and handmade jewelry pressed from precious metals by San Francisco designer Jeanine Payer ($140--$850). 212-867-5550, cursivenewyork.com
“I wanted to showcase items that would be easy to try on and help local workers dress up a business outfit for a last-minute night out,” says owner Megan O’Sullivan who runs a larger sister store in Jersey City, hence the crop of dresses, sweaters and sparkly jewelry. Though the 500-square-foot boutique opened just a few weeks ago, popular items like jeans by Flying Monkey and Paige ($52--$189) and bags by Delux ($35--$140) have already been replenished several times. Last-minute plans? Pop in on your lunch break for a leopard-print chunky plastic bangle ($7) and an off-the shoulder Tibi dress ($348), and you’ll be glam for your impromptu happy hour. 212-922-9577, tiasplace.com
The Tea and Honey Store
Alan Ceppos and Frdric Rambaud are the proud owners of multiple Pylones gadget shops as well as Hamptons Honey, a local apiary and honey maker. The duo decided to pair the sweet goo with organic teas from around the world and open this quaint shop—the only one in the city to sell raw and unprocessed honey exclusively. Eight new teas created specifically for the store will premiere sometime next month, but in the meantime, choose from 18 flavors of Brooklyn-made Tavalon teas ($10), a pouch of Le Palais des Ths green tea with date pulp ($14) or hundreds of other infusions. And don’t forget the serum that started it all—Hamptons Honey ($10--$12). 212-661-0805, theteaandhoneystore.com
Sisters Anyuta and Inna Zelikson hand make every item at this location, as well as at their larger West Village space, in a studio in Brooklyn. At press time, the gem-seekers were gallivanting all over the globe in search of nature’s prettiest stones to add to their collection, which currently includes a labradorite necklace ($195), lariat wrap necklaces ($85), and a pair of fire sapphire earrings with pink rubies and lemon topaz ($450). Watch out, diamonds, looks like local girls may soon find a new best friend. 212-883-7660, innasensegems.com
One of Grand Central’s mainstays for almost 11 years, this accessory store just got a fancy makeover. New and improved with aqua Mediterranean-inspired floors and walls (one of the co-owners is from Israel), the shop continues to carry everything you need to protect yourself from the impending winter elements. Try on a pair of velour gloves handmade by the owners (from $20), a Tano leather bag ($200--$250) or any one of their colorful scarves (about $30 and up). And don’t forget to listen to your mom and get a hat, too. 212-370-0310, lacrasia.com
Pick up some sexy underpinnings before heading underground—no matter your size. On hand is a selection from the Little Bra Company, which only makes brassieres in A and B cups (from around $55), and Panache bras ($55--$95) available in sizes up to a G cup. “Our most popular bra size is a 32DD,” says a salesgirl before pointing out another big seller, Hanky Panky underwear ($19). “If you buy four, you get a fifth pair for free.” For matching sets, check out Mary Green cotton and silk camis ($38) and boy shorts ($20) or an animal-print Betsey Johnson negligee ($75). 212-682-2010, thepinkslip.com
While the lower-level concourse is reminiscent of mall food courts, there are plenty of treats at Grand Central Market (in the hallway behind Lexington Passageway). At this Murray’s Cheese (212-922-1540, murrayscheese.com) enclave you can easily satisfy a week’s worth of your dairy requirement in a few minutes. (It’s a fraction of the size of the Greenwich Village location but is still just as loaded.) Get your java fix ($1.75) at Oren’s Daily Roast (212-338-0014, orensdailyroast.com), or sink your sweet tooth into a chocolate-covered Oreo ($1.10) at Li-Lac’s Chocolates (212-370-4866, li-lacchocolates.com).