Wed Apr 23 2008
We’ve selected some of our favorite shops in the neighborhood, but the usual suspects are also in abundance. Home-decor showrooms are clustered around this stretch of Broadway, including Design Within Reach (no. 903), Restoration Hardware (no. 935) and Waterworks (7 E 20th St); modern modular master BoConcept is at 105 Madison Ave. Fifth Ave heaves with clothing and cosmetics chains, such as J.Crew (no. 91), Anthropologie (no. 85), Aveda (no. 140) and Sephora (no. 119).
ABC Carpet & Home
ABC Carpet & Home
The industry standard for all things devoted to the home continues to add to the considerable attractions in its seven-floor space. Once you’ve browsed everything from organic soap to hand-beaded lamp shades on the bazaar-style ground floor, slip down to the recessed level in the back for the first U.S. outpost of French chocolatier Michel Cluizel. Stock up on “adult” booze-filled bonbons or sample sweet confections by Will Goldfarb, formerly of Room 4 Dessert. Capitalize on the sugar rush to venture to the second floor for edgy British furniture designer Tom Dixon’s new boutique. 888 Broadway at 19th St (212-473-3000). Mon–Thu 10am–8pm; Fri, Sat 10am–6:30pm; Sun noon–6pm.
Barnes & Noble
As well as four floors of titles and a spacious café, the bookselling behemoth’s flagship store hosts frequent events featuring big-name authors. The free, almost-monthly Upstairs at the Square series pairs authors and musicians who perform and discuss their work in conversation with host Katherine Lanpher on the fourth floor. The next date is June 16, featuring William Gibson, author of Spook Country, and singer Martha Wainwright; the show starts at 7pm and seating is first come, first served so be sure to get there early. 33 E 17th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-253-0810). Daily 10am–10pm.
This friendly wine shop takes the mystique out of choosing a bottle, with idiot-proof thematic displays, such as Meat (divided into pork, beef, lamb or game), Gifts and Takeout (with suggestions for pairings with local menus). Traditional connoisseurs will be reassured that the 365 bottles are also arranged by country of origin. A handy reference library and children’s play area in the back are a bonus.5 W 19th St at Fifth Ave (212-929-2323). Mon-Sat 11am–8pm; Sun noon–6pm.
Environment FurnitureWhile traveling in southern Brazil, designer Thomas Bina was inspired by the unique weathered look and rich colors of wood from the native Peroba tree, common in the local architecture. The result was a contemporary furniture line using recycled timber from abandoned buildings, which has become the signature of his LA-based company. The loft-like New York showroom, decorated with reclaimed and sustainable materials, is a fitting backdrop for the sleek, sculptural benches, beds and tables (coffee tables start at around $995), as well as sofas covered in recycled Brazilian truck tarps and the Giramundo: a kooky swivel chair created using multicolored scraps of yarn by workers from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. The collection of rare books and vinyl at the back is further inducement to stop by. 876 Broadway at 18th St (212-780-0051). Mon–Sat 10am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm.
Penny-pinchers frequent this rustic, barnlike space for sturdy, vintage dishware and glasses, recycled from restaurants, ocean liners and hotels (plain white side plates are a mere 99¢). But there are plenty of affordable, freshly minted kitchen goods too. Add whimsy to mealtime with glasses adorned with flamingoes or pole-dancers ($5 and up), platters printed with the Brooklyn skyline ($16.95–$24.95) and Floor Plan dinnerware (from $7.95 for a 5" square Studio to $32.95 for a 12" x 16" Penthouse). NYC apts have never been so cheap. 889 Broadway at 19th St (212-420-9020). Mon–Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 10am–8pm.
This growing Manhattan-born chainlet has clearly hit on a winning mix of goods—by the end of the summer it will have 24 branches across the country (five in NYC). The glossy white spaces, which are permamently packed with girls who crave this season’s “it” bag, give equal play to heavyweight designers such as Herve Leger and Stella McCartney and up-and-coming labels. Beyond a host of party dresses and flowy tops, you can turn here for on-trend accessories, and multiple denim lines. 125 Fifth Ave between 19th and 20th Sts (212-533-9720). Mon–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun noon–7pm.
JJ Hat Center
JJ Hat Center
Trad hats are back in the fashion spotlight (favored by louche Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty and model-of-the-moment Agyness Deyn), but this venerable shop, in business since 1911, is oblivious to passing trends. Dapper gents sporting the shop’s wares will help you choose from more than 2,000 fedoras, pork pies, caps and other styles on display in the splendid, chandelier-illuminated, wood-paneled showroom. Prices start at $35 for a wool-blend cap. 310 Fifth Ave between 31st and 32nd Sts (1-212 239 4368). Mon–Fri 9am–6pm; Sat 9:30am–5:30pm.
This fancy French-sounding depot (journellement means “daily”) offers 2,000 square feet of glam inner wear from upscale lines including Araks, Cosabella and Elle Macpherson. The huge changing chambers are tricked out with adjustable lighting to help you set the mood while trying on skivvies. 3 E 17th St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-255-7800). Mon–Sat 11am–8pm; Sun noon–7pm.
Spade’s second NYC store opened in November, and has been given a fresh look for spring with Astroturf-lined display shelves and a lick of grass-green paint. Take your pick from a crop of classic styles with a quirky edge like the Chattanooga Jocelyn tote in classic ticking fabric ($175), the Fisher Island Parker handbag in zebra-print canvas ($225) or the patent calfskin Bollywood Popsicle coin purse ($65), which impersonates the summer confection in juicy-bright colors. 135 Fifth Ave at 20th St (212-358-0420). Mon–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun 11am–7pm.
Fans of the beknighted British designer’s traditional-with-a-twist menswear will find everything from impeccably tailored suits to pinup-girl cufflinks at this two-floor shop (ladies’ lines are at the Soho store). The clothes aren’t cheap (T-shirts are around $130, blazers start at $600), but you can get a piece of Sir Paul for far less: Notebooks in his signature multicolored stripes are $35. A selection of Smith-approved art books and home accessories are downstairs, along with the shoes. 108 Fifth Ave at 16th St (212-627-9770). Mon–Wed, Fri, Sat 11am–7pm; Thu 11am–8pm; Sun noon–6pm.
Trixie & Peanut
Whatever your thoughts on canine wigs (Doggy Parton-esque blond locks, perhaps?), they’re among the colorful wares for the style-conscious pet about town in this slick white boutique. You’ll find chic harnesses, collars, sweaters, carriers and grooming products, as well as costumes and flamboyant beds in the shape of cabanas or sportscars. 23 E 20th St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-358-0881). Tue–Sat 11am–8pm; Sun noon–5pm.
Union Square Greenmarket
Shop elbow-to-elbow with top chefs for seasonal produce at the city’s largest outdoor market—get there early before the prime stuff sells out. Union Square. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 8am–6pm.