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Shopping in NYC - What are your favorite (not particularly well-known) stores?

Shopping in NYC - What are your favorite (not particularly well-known) stores?

Sep 26th, 2006, 04:49 AM
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Actually, Erwin Pearl is a good store for great looking costume jewelry but it does happen to be a chain. They have 3 locations in Manhattan (none next to Fortunoffs but they used to be on Fifth ave. near Fortunoff's)

tuckerdc, it would help to have an idea of your tastes, since what we like might not be what you like. I like to walk the stretch of shops on Lexington Ave. north of Bloomingdales. William Wayne is a small home decor store on Lex and ~ 65 st. that always seems to have interesting things. (they also have a shop in the village) Pylones is a French store with cute funky things (good for gifts).
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Sep 26th, 2006, 06:40 AM
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I see that no one has mention the original Kiehl's store at 3rd Avenue and 13th Street. You can now buy their products around the country, but the original store is one-of-a-kind.

I'd also recommend Jacques Torres Chocolate. The original store is in Brooklyn at 66 Water Street in DUMBO; a newer outlet has opened up in Manhattan at 350 Hudson.

If you like baked goods, Payard Patisserie at 1032 Lexington (73rd/74th sts) is excellent, though a bit expensive. There's a cafe so you can eat on the premises.

We also have a store that sells the full range of Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella at 285 Lafayette. I know it's not a local store, but there aren't too many places to get everything you can get in original in Florence.
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Sep 26th, 2006, 10:10 AM
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The store that sells the products of Farmacia Santa Maria Novella at 285 Lafayette Street is Lafco, which I mentioned above. Takashimaya also sells SMN products on its sixth floor.

My family has been shopping at Farmacia SMN in Florence for over 100 years.
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Sep 26th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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The Met museum and MoMA each have gift shops in Soho that have many interesting items. Depending on your interests, for books, the Strand on Broadway and 12th, for comic books/action figures/anime check out Forbidden Planet on Broadway and 13th.

The street vendors in the Soho area (prince and Spring Sts) sometimes have som real interesting and unique items (jewelry, handbags, belts, etc).
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Sep 28th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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Broadway Panhandler recently (Sept. 2006, I believe) moved from their SoHo location to one on 8th St. Other stores that carry similar products (& often at better prices) include Zabar's on Broadway & 80th St. & if on sale, at Macy's, the large department store. There are also commercial restaurant suppliers on the Bowery. I don't work for any of these companies - I just like to cook.
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Sep 28th, 2006, 07:30 AM
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Everything at Broadway Panhandler is on sale (10%-50%) through the end of October!
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Sep 28th, 2006, 07:55 AM
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I love shopping at Daffy's on Madison Ave near Grand Central Terminal. Great buys on desinger gear.
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Sep 28th, 2006, 09:11 AM
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One of my favorite neighorhood stores in Soho is "Sunrise" on broome street between wooster and west broadway. It's a Japanese grocery store with many unusual snacks, food, drinks, toys, and fun nicknacks for the home like cups and bowls and decorative stuff.
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Sep 28th, 2006, 10:13 AM
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J McLaughlin has a great outlet store -- looks like it's now in Brooklyn. Check out the Web site. East Coast clothing.
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Sep 28th, 2006, 06:59 PM
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You have so many posts in September that I couldn't discern which you were referencing here. Can you list the title, or include a link?

I just moved back to the US from the UK and loved finding the great charity shops in posh London neighbourhoods and getting great finds!

Happy hunting in NYC!
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 10:02 PM
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More great ideas! Actually, my 'taste' in this instant isn't all that important as I was just trying to come up with a variety of somewhat offbeat browsing (maybe buying!) possibilities. And the kinds of things y'all have been suggesting have been on the money.

(Except for Macy's that is! As a native Chicagoan, I'm not about to set foot in Macy's ever after what they pulled with Marshall Fields. Sigh.)

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Oct 13th, 2006, 06:09 PM
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Favorite places in New York:

Pearl River Mart: a HUGE store in Chinatown that has absolutely everything! Cheap prices, great for Chinatown souvenirs and housewares. Little satin purses, sake sets, chopsticks, paper lanterns, the works! A great resource for fun, sometimes useful goods.

Pookie and Sebastian: two locations (Upper East Side and East 30s). Great boutique full of trendy clothes for girls in their 20s, but not as expensive as most of the other upscale boutiques (less than $100 for many things, etc). Cool and nice clothes!

MoMA museum store on 53rd and 6th and MoMA design store (across the street). Full of ultra-cool modern items, including kitchen goods, lighting, books, vases, etc. Very chic!
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Oct 13th, 2006, 06:28 PM
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Not visiting NYC often can't add, but the panhandler was the only place I was able to find a Paella pan.
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Oct 13th, 2006, 07:02 PM
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fairfax, put this in the search box:

EMD new york

and the first post that comes up is my trip report from my August 2006 NYC trip.
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