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Real New Yorkers know that the businesses that give New York its personality and character are its quintessential mom-and-pop shops—from homey NYC restaurants to quirky NYC boutiques and supply shops. So as the never-ending parade of bland luxury condo towers spring up across the city, and every other corner gets a brand-new Chase, we decided to highlight some of the independent businesses that keep New York great. Here are some recs from a few of our favorite New Yorkers.