Life Emporium

Shopping, Thrift stores Park Slope
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 (Photograph: Anna Simonak)
Photograph: Anna Simonak
 (Photograph: Anna Simonak)
Photograph: Anna Simonak
 (Photograph: Anna Simonak)
Photograph: Anna Simonak
 (Photograph: Anna Simonak)
Photograph: Anna Simonak
 (Photograph: Anna Simonak)
Photograph: Anna Simonak

After receiving dozens of clothing and antiques donations, Hershy Mayer and Aaron Genuth partnered to open this nonprofit thrift store, whose proceeds benefit Jewish children’s charity Chai Lifeline ( The shop is evenly divided across two spacious floors; head to the top level, which has an industrial-meets-vintage vibe, to discover a well-edited selection of preloved, gently priced designer garb for guys, gals and kids, plus antique furniture and jewelry. Steals we recently spotted included Prada suede pumps ($49), an Emilio Pucci blazer ($70) and Dunhill silk ties ($20–$30). The main floor has a more Goodwill-like sensibility, with racks and shelves brimming with knickknacks, including antique suitcases ($18–$60), a large etched-glass bedroom mirror ($135), and clothing from H&M, Original Penguin and other popular brands ($9–$50). Rifling through the wares can be tiresome, but it’s worth it to score affordable ladies’ J Brand jeans ($16) and a men’s Burberry button-down shirt ($17).


Venue name: Life Emporium
Address: 515 Fifth Ave
New York

Cross street: at 13th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–6pm; Fri 11am–5pm
Transport: Subway: F, G, N, R to Fourth Ave–9th St
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