Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When in the Empire State (of mind)

I really really don't want to do work...

My friend and fellow blogger, Megan, asked me to compile a list of stores for her to visit during her spring break trip to NYC. I figured that I wouldn't keep this list to myself and should share some of my favorites. I should probably preface this with the fact when I am in NYC I go for the vintage and small stores and stray from designer flagships, but there are definitely some worth visiting for design purposes. Here it goes:

So I sort of collect business cards...

For rare concert tees, suede vests, cutoffs and basically anything else you need to look like a complete rock-star head over to Star Struck. I got my favorite pair of Levi's cutoffs here, and for only $12 (I warn you that not everything is that cheap there). (Vintage)

Star Struck Vintage Clothing
47 Greenwich Ave
New York, Ny 10014

Small and fairly inexpensive, but be prepared to scour the racks. Don't overlook their $1.00 rack, I found a great blazer among the icky turtlenecks and oversized shirts. (Vintage)

175 MacDougal St.
New York, NY 10010

One of the best organized vintage stores I have been to. Fantastic assortment of Levi's in every color of the rainbow and any other item you could ever think of. My scores: 2 plaid flannels that fit like a dream. (Vintage)

Andy's Chee-Pees
16 W. 8th St (Also have a store @ 691 Broadway)
New York, NY 10010

Go here for the owner. She is wonderfully entertaining and has a huge wall of amazing shoes. (Vintage)

314 East 9th Street
New York, NY

Screaming Mimi's was my introduction to the world of vintage in NYC, I got two of my favorite pieces from there in 8th grade and wear them to this day, so I might be a little biased, but definitely check it out. (Vintage)

Screaming Mimi's
382 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

I warn you, the prices here are inflated, but its worth taking a peek for their line of clothes that incorporate vintage textiles. The staff has always been friendly and they generally have things on sale. (Vintage/New)

Zachary's Smile
9 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY

For a small store with a concise selection of independent labels head to Duo. They also have some vintage, but I liked their modern clothes more. (Vintage/New)

337 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10003

Amazing selection of designer clothes on the cheap(er). Tokio 7 has a ton of last seasons must haves, I remember seeing a Proenza vest from S/S 08 I coveted, unfortunately I didn't have the funds.(Designer Consignment)

Tokio 7
64 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

Smaller than Tokio 7, but another fantastic designer consignment shop. Last time I was there I was thisclose to buying a shearling Miu Miu bomber jacket because the price was so damn good, but realized it had no place in my closet. (Designer Consignment)

101 Thompson St
New York, NY

If you want cute and comfortable shoes at fairly affordable prices, it's worth the trip to the UWS to Tani. My friend Gabby introduced me, and I am forever in debt to her. I always find it hard to find sandals that wont make my arches fall yet don't look like orthopedic sneakers, but with brands like Corso Como, Jeffery Campbell, and F Troupe I always find myself drooling and without foot pain. (Shoes)

131 W. 73 Street or 2020 Broadway
New York, NY

When in NYC I want to shop at places where I can't get the clothes anywhere else, but I make an exception with A.P.C. I love the simplicity of these clothes and the layout of the store, the prices...not so much.(Designer)

131 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012

Go to Miu Miu. Shoes. Pink. Sequins. Pink. Dresses. Pink. Bags. I don't think I can really say much more. Its for the girly girl you might have forgotten. (Designer)

Miu Miu
100 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
Don't bother looking for the prices, the clothes don't have tags, but to relive the SATC episode where Carrie buys Burger the shirt go here, oh and its architecturally amazing. (Designer)

575 Broadway
New York, NY

When you need to wind down and eat something, get a really good lunch at Westville. I love their mac & cheese. They also make a mean turkey burger. (Food)

210 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10014

Awesome omlettes. (Food)

Elephant & Castle
68 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10011

So New York is the land of cupcakes, but until this January I felt like Goldilocks. No matter where I went I couldn't find the perfect cupcake, but then there was Sweet Revenge. Perfect. Vanilla. Cupcake. (Food)

Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street
NYC, NY 10014

I love carbs. So usually after I've stuffed my face at Sweet Revenge, I head over to Amy's Breads for the best scones and muffins, or just get an entire loaf for myself. (Food)
Amy's Breads
250 Bleecker Street OR 75 9th Avenue
New York, NY



  1. Great post!
    Screaming Mimi's was my first intro to vintage as well - but only by living vicariously through Cyndi Lauper's stories during her Girls Just Want to Have Fun days. Of course it was the first vintage shop I hit on my first visit to NYC.

    Have you been to the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show when it's in town? I used to exhibit there and the collections of vintage are amazing as are the exhibitors, the selection and people in general. Definitely something for everyone and every style.

  2. Thanks!

    What is this Vintage Clothing Show you speak of? Just the title makes my bank account wimper.

  3. They put on the show about three times a year at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Check out their site for more dates - they just had a show on Feb. 12th. www.manhattanvintage.com

    I never really got a chance to shop it as I was too busy but I'm planning a trip back to NYC just for that purpose!