New Yorkers' favorite indie shops

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    Ana F., 21, student/artist, East Village"A CD store on the corner by Third...

    Ana F., 21, student/artist, East Village

    "A CD store on the corner by Third Avenue and 7th Street (Norman's Sound & Vision, 67 Cooper Sq between St Marks Pl and E 7th St; 212-473-6599, normanssoundandvision.com). They have a section at the bottom where they have everything for $1. I got a Charlie's Angels soundtrack with all these good songs. [My favorite song on the CD is] 'Got to Give It Up' by Marvin Gaye."

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    Ben W., 25, art handler; Bushwick, Brooklyn"My favorite indie shop is the...

    Ben W., 25, art handler; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    "My favorite indie shop is the Compleat Strategist (11 E 33rd St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-685-3880, thecompleatstrategist.com). It's a hobbyist and game store. I've bought Magic: The Gathering cards, Dungeons & Dragons dice, and some role-playing books. It has every board game in the world, and it's awesome. You go in, and it looks like the Strand, but everything they have is a board game or a card game. There's a secret door in the back, and you go through it, there's these dudes role-playing right there. You're overwhelmed by them because they're all playing really hard. Behind those guys, there are like twenty dudes on tables playing Warhammer. Anyone that plays tabletop games in the country knows there's one little store where they [can] play in their neighborhood. [This place] is like 100 times bigger than all those stores."

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    Bryan H., 36, student; Greenpoint, Brooklyn"Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave...

    Bryan H., 36, student; Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    "Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-5087, desertislandbrooklyn.com). It's a specialty comic-book and graphic-novel store. They [have] specialty hardcover editions and limited-edition books and prints. They do a lot of graphic prints. It's very niche kind of marketing, and it kind of crosses the line over into the art world a little bit."

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    Jack R., 21, unemployed, East Village"Amaran (109 Ave B at 7th St;...

    Jack R., 21, unemployed, East Village

    "Amaran (109 Ave B at 7th St; 212-420-0427, amaran.com). It's like an eclectic home and clothing store. [My favorite purchases from there were] knobs for my dresser. They're all very different colors and styles, and I got an amazing deal on them."

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    Jessie N., 23, dancer/personal trainer; Astoria, Queens"I like the Housing...

    Jessie N., 23, dancer/personal trainer; Astoria, Queens

    "I like the Housing Works Thrift Shops (locations throughout the city; visit housingworks.org). All their proceeds go to help homeless people who are living with AIDS, and everything is donated. Lots of times there's high-end stuff that's just from another season. You can find really nice pieces there, and lots of accessories and stuff, too. My roommate got this gorgeous dress that I get to borrow. It's like a short little thing, I forget what brand it is---something expensive. You can get little trinkets, too. I got a really cool cigar box there. It's Art Nouveau, it has this picture of a woman with red hair, and she's riding a bicycle. It says 'les bicyclettes' on it."

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    Jonathan R., 32, bartender, East Village"Odin (328 E 11th St between First and...

    Jonathan R., 32, bartender, East Village

    "Odin (328 E 11th St between First and Second Aves; 212-475-0666, odinnewyork.com). It's a nice little men's clothing store. They have good sweaters, shirts for the summer, shoes, bags---everything. A few years back, I kind of waited [for a sale] and got a really great military field jacket for like 70 percent off. I also got a nice pair of boots there last winter."

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    Katie S., 28, teacher/actress, Morningside Heights "I have many, but there's...

    Katie S., 28, teacher/actress, Morningside Heights

    "I have many, but there's one that's cool. It's called Backwoods (Port Authority Bus Terminal, 42nd St at Eighth Ave, mezzanine level, 212-244-4714; Jackson Heights--Roosevelt Ave subway station, 718-205-6070; backwoodsnyc.com). It's imported stuff, and it's all interesting and affordable. They have tons of jewelry, hats, scarves and really interesting dresses. I'm actually wearing one of their things---it's like a tunic, and it's got bunnies, a princess and trees on it. It's just so unique."

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    Katy G., 29, teaching artist; Bushwick, Brooklyn"I like to go to Brook Farm...

    Katy G., 29, teaching artist; Bushwick, Brooklyn

    "I like to go to Brook Farm General Store (75 South 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-8642, brookfarmgeneralstore.com). They sell home goods, blankets, dishes and rustic home wares. It's country-chic. I got a wool blanket that was made in upstate New York, and it's super soft and beautiful."

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    Kenneth L., 31, financial analyst, East Village"Academy Records (415 E 12th St...

    Kenneth L., 31, financial analyst, East Village

    "Academy Records (415 E 12th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-780-9166). [They have a] great selection of music, it's affordable, and you can listen to all the records there and discover new things. They used to have a great dollar section, and they've still got a good cheap section. I got a John Coltrane record there the other day, Ol Coltrane, for $2. And years ago they turned me on to a lot of good stuff, like old glam rock and jazz."

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    Linda R., 53, dog trainer; Sunset Park, Brooklyn"The [Yorkville] Housing Works...

    Linda R., 53, dog trainer; Sunset Park, Brooklyn

    "The [Yorkville] Housing Works (1730 Second Ave at 90th St; 212-722-8306, housingworks.org). You never know what you're gonna find. My husband is a smaller size, and they always have such interesting stuff and designer labels in the smaller sizes. [I bought him] a pair of beautiful Marc Jacobs slacks for maybe $20. When he used to do dinner theater, I could get costumes for him there, too."

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    Meera A., 18, NYU student, East Village"It's a children's bookstore called...

    Meera A., 18, NYU student, East Village

    "It's a children's bookstore called Books of Wonder (18 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-989-3270, booksofwonder.com). It's right by the Adorama photo shop. I like that it has all the kids books that I used to read, and it's a really cute place.  They also have a little cupcake cafe where kids get books and then sit down and read. I actually went in and bought a few of the books that I used to read when I was three or four years old. And sometimes I [still] study in the caf."

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    Michael Q., 21, student, Jersey City"I love Salvation Army (locations...

    Michael Q., 21, student, Jersey City

    "I love Salvation Army (locations throughout the city; visit salvationarmyusa.org). I go twice a month, and I would say every time I go there's a different selection. I got a flannel shirt once that was pretty sick. It was $3."

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    Michael T., 42, technology manager at NYU; Park Slope, Brooklyn"I'd say right...

    Michael T., 42, technology manager at NYU; Park Slope, Brooklyn

    "I'd say right now probably Other Music (15 E 4th St between Broadway and Lafayette Sts; 212-477-8150, othermusic.com). It's right around the corner [from work], which is convenient for me. There just aren't enough small shops these days, so I try to do all my shopping there, as much as I can. And if they don't have it, I get them to order it. [I buy] mostly used vinyl. [I usually buy] some classical, some rock---it depends on what I'm in the mood for---but they have a wide variety."

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    Mike C., 21, student, Upper East Side"Supreme (274 Lafayette St between E...

    Mike C., 21, student, Upper East Side

    "Supreme (274 Lafayette St between E Houston and Prince Sts; 212-966-7799, supremenewyork.com). [I like it mostly for] the hats, but it's a mixture of everything: clothing, T-shirts, jeans and accessories. I bought a nice jacket there once, and I really like it. It's one of my favorite jackets."

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    Ryan Matthew C., 30, "professional weirdo;" Greenpoint, Brooklyn"One is Obscura...

    Ryan Matthew C., 30, "professional weirdo;" Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    "One is Obscura Antiques & Oddities (280 E 10th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-505-9251, obscuraantiques.com). I like to just hang out there. It's one of the oldest antique stores [in New York], and the only one of its kind. You have to sift through things. They sell human heads and skeletons. I actually bought my favorite taxidermied domestic dog [at Obscura], and I named it Mr. Woofles. It's a Victorian piece from England, and those are incredibly rare and hard to find here, because most of them were mounted in England. There's also a new TV show about Obscura, called Oddities. It's a reality show on the Science Channel, and I'm one of the main characters. [The other store I like is my store,] Against Nature (159 Chrystie St between Delancey and Rivington Sts; 212-228-4552, againstnaturenyc.com). It's a bespoke suit shop, and those just don't really exist anymore either, so the two types of stores go hand in hand. Very old-school New York."

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    Scott B., 23, cosmetic-packaging product manager, East Village"NYC Good Beer...

    Scott B., 23, cosmetic-packaging product manager, East Village

    "NYC Good Beer (422 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A; 212-677-4836, goodbeernyc.com). [I like] the selection and variety of the beer. You can taste-test beer there, and you can talk with the employees. [Recently] I got some Magic Hat and some Delirium. [They mostly have] craft beer."

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    Steve R., 46, management consultant, East Village"My favorite store is Foot...

    Steve R., 46, management consultant, East Village

    "My favorite store is Foot Gear Plus (131 First Ave at St. Marks Pl; 212-777-2629, footgearplus.com). It's the shoe store on the corner of St. Marks and First Avenue. I buy all my shoes there. They're a local store, they carry great quality products, and the service is fantastic. The owner always comes over and takes a very personal interest in making sure that you're getting exactly what you want and always provides you with a number of different options. The last pair of shoes I bought were the ones I'm wearing right now, which are Timberlands. They're very comfortable, with Smartwool insides."

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    Tannen P., 36, landscape architect; Williamsburg, Brooklyn"I enjoy going to...

    Tannen P., 36, landscape architect; Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    "I enjoy going to Academy Records (96 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-8200, academyannex.com). They have a good selection of recent arrivals on vinyl. I bought a Gary Numan album there a couple of years ago that made my day."

Photograph: Saleena Fortunato

Ana F., 21, student/artist, East Village"A CD store on the corner by Third...

Ana F., 21, student/artist, East Village

"A CD store on the corner by Third Avenue and 7th Street (Norman's Sound & Vision, 67 Cooper Sq between St Marks Pl and E 7th St; 212-473-6599, normanssoundandvision.com). They have a section at the bottom where they have everything for $1. I got a Charlie's Angels soundtrack with all these good songs. [My favorite song on the CD is] 'Got to Give It Up' by Marvin Gaye."

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