Magpie

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Magpie
Upper West Side
Sylvia Parker worked as a buyer at the American Folk Art Museum and at South Street Seaport gift shops before opening this eco-friendly boutique. The funky space, which is decorated with no-fume paints and bamboo shelves, is packed with locally made, handcrafted, sustainable and fair-trade items ($2–$350). Unique finds include Peekeeto greeting cards ($4 each), vintage hankies ($5), Mushmina handmade Moroccan tote bags ($88) and Dconstruct recycled-resin cuff bracelets ($34). You’ll also find eclectic home goods, such as vintage floral quilts ($200), Kiel Mead for Areaware wall hooks made of painted New York driftwood ($25) and GreenTree Home beeswax Buddha-head candles ($36).
Venue name: Magpie
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Address: 488 Amsterdam Ave
New York

Cross street: between 83rd and 84th Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to 86th St (Broadway)

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Tallulah Mae

I just had the great pleasure of stopping in Magpie this afternoon! What an incredible addition to the UWS! We have been waiting for an artistic, elegant, fun, eco-friendly and terribly stylish boutique! I want everything. The greeting card selection is perfection. All of the items are so unique while retaining an amazing sense of playfulness about them. Every item feels like was chosen and crafted with love and intent. I am so excited to return!

ANGELA

I have followed owner Sylvia throughout shops where her aesthetic was instantly recognizable and on view.. Now it looks as though her shop allows her splendid taste to shine on her own canvas. At her Magpie boutique, I bought a slender, uniquely shaped Vietnamese vase for a friend to which he bellowed, "wait till the poker guys see this in my apartment!" He was happy - and it was affordable. Sylvia selected the perfect Peekeetoo birthday card to accompany a (now vintage-sounding) calling card case for a another friend in need of more "green" networking. I am staying tuned to Magpie.