One-stop shopping: Astoria



Add +

Photographs by Jeff Gurwin


31 (33-06 31st Ave at 33rd St; 718-728-4057,
For grandma
(likes cardigans, collects necklace and bracelet charms)
This jewel box of a shop overflows with vintage clothing and accessories at refreshingly affordable prices. Choose from an array of antique bracelets (around $39) or vintage brooches ($35 each).

Clash Culture

(34-03 34th St at 34th Ave; 718-784-0175,
For cousin
(in college, works as a DJ)
Pristine-condition collectible Air Jordans and Nike Dunks, along with under-the-radar clothing labels like Secret Society and Crooks & Castles, should appeal to Billie’s college-age cousin. What to buy? An oversize black-and-purple reversible hoodie by Akomplice ($110) that he can throw on before dashing off to class.

Candy Plum

(30-98 36th St at 31st Ave; 718-721-2299,
For aunt
(suburban mom, social butterfly, always loses keys)
There’s a great selection of adorably girly jewelry, designer clothing and impeccable leather purses here. The Colombia-born, Soho-based designer Luccia O lines her handmade, vintage-inspired bags with gorgeous silks, making the leather clutch with a gold snakeskin design and teal lining ($100) a good-looking (and smart) accessory for a night in the suburbs or the city.


(35-11 34th Ave at 35th St; 718-626-6030,
For brother (ex–New Yorker, reads everything )
For cousin (fashionista-in-training, aspiring writer)
For mom (casual cook)
Modern design meets vintage flair here. Wallets fashioned from laminated pages of The New York Times ($35) will help remind her brother of the Big Apple (he lives in Seattle now). The Rococo Wall Panel ($38)—an easy-to-remove vinyl decal with a chalkboard finish—will be great for when inspiration strikes Billie’s 12-year-old cousin. And bottles of Savon d’Usage hand soap ($21) have an unusual rich and earthy heirloom-tomato scent that will make Mom’s time in the kitchen even more enjoyable.

NEXT: Soho/Nolita»

Park Slope | Astoria | Soho/Nolita | MoMA Design Store

Holiday gift guide 2008: On a budget
More than 200 ideas that don't look cheap.

Users say