Vintage New York City: find old New York in modern-day NYC

Vintage New York is alive and well: Use our guide to find NYC’s best retro events and vintage shops, as well as the city’s retro scenemakers.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Jazz Age Lawn Party Photograph: Driely S.

With Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby out May 10, we’ve got vintage New York on the brain. And NYC’s retro scene is having a moment: From Prohibition-inspired speakeasies to old-school hip-hop shindigs to ’90s-nostalgia–fueled dance parties, there are more ways to experience vintage New York than ever. Learn more about the city’s best throwback events, venues and vintage shops, as well as the folks who keep New York’s retro scene alive. Plus, read our interview with The Great Gatsby’s Joel Edgerton, and check out our review of the film.

Retro events and activities in New York

Ginger's Second Saturdays Retro Dance Party

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  • Critics choice
  1. Ginger’s Bar 363 Fifth Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Sat May 11 - Sun May 12
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  1. Union Hall 702 Union St between Fixth and Sixth Aves
  2. May 11 at 10pm

I Love Vinyl

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  • Critics choice
  1. 70 North 6th Street Loft 70 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sat May 11
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  1. Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Ave between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. May 25 – June 30
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Vintage New York hangouts

Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade

Two-Bit's Retro Arcade

  1. 153 Essex St (between Rivington and Stanton Sts)

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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  1. 236 E 3rd St, (between Aves B and C)
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The Ear Inn

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 326 Spring St, (between Greenwich and Washington Sts), 10013
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Bathtub Gin

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 132 Ninth Ave, (between 18th and 19th Sts)
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Vintage New York shopping

Mr. Throwback

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 428 E 9th St, (between First Ave and Ave A), 10009
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  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 143 Roebling St, (between Hope and North 4th Sts), 11211
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Screaming Mimi's

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  • Critics choice
  1. 382 Lafayette St, (at 4th St)
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Obscura Antiques & Oddities

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 280 E 10th St, (between First Ave and Ave A)
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Vintage New York trend-setters

Dandy Wellington

Producer, performer and stylist

Lynette Wiley

Co-owner, Jalopy Theatre and Jalopy Tavern

Shien Lee

Founder and producer of Dances of Vice

Don Spiro

Photographer and cofounder of Wit's End

Andy Heidel

Writer and proprietor of the Way Station

Jonathan Toubin

DJ, New York Night Train