Unique or Off-beat stores that are like museums of their products and that make great destinations.
The Malcolm Shabazz Outdoor African Market in Harlem near 116th and Lenox Avenue.
AFRICAN HANDICRAFTS (outdoor market)
Malcolm Shabazz Harlem (Outdoor) Market
52 West 116th St. b/t 5th Ave and Lenox Ave.
African Bazaar with African crafts and textiles under canopied booths
Obscura Antiques & Oddities
207 Avenue A b/t East 12th and East 13th St.
(Offbeat antique store with quirky collectibles, including prints, skulls and taxidermy.)
(see the Sports chapter)
ASIAN PRODUCTS MEGASTORE
395 Broadway at Walker St.
From food to forks to furnishings. All from Asia. All price levels.
New York Cake & Baking Supplies
56 West 22nd St. b/t 5th and 6th Aves.
Great one-stop shop for all your baking and decorating needs
Toho Shoji New York - 990 6th Ave. b/t W 36th and W 37th Sts.
BeadKraft - 1231 Broadway at West 30th St.
Beads World - 57 West 38th St. b/t 5th and 6th Aves
Bead Center - 989 Avenue of the Americas b/t W 36th and W 37th Sts.
Original Products Botanica - 2486 Webster Ave. at East 189th St,, Fordham.
Supermarket-sized religious/botanica/occult goods store since 1959.)
Lou Lou Buttons - 71 West 38th St. b/t 5th and 6th Aves.
M & J Trimmings - 1008 6th Ave. b/t 58th and 59th Sts.
Tender Buttons - 143 East 62nd St. b/t Lexington Ave and 3rd Ave
CLOTHES, VINTAGE AND USED
Buffalo Exchange -114 W. 26th St. plus E. Village, Brooklyn, Queens
(Buy, sell, or trade your men's or women's clothes for cash. Great finds!
Reminiscence - 74 Fifth Avenue b/t 13th -14th Sts.
Antique clothes plus a selection of off-the-wall gifts.
Metropolis Vintage - 43 3rd Ave. b/t 9th and 10th St.
Deep East Village selection favored by local stars.
Abracadabra Superstore (Magic) 19 West 21st Street b/t 5th and 6th Aves.
Giant store offering all kinds of costumes, accessories, makeup, and magic tricks. Like walking into a circus funhouse.
Halloween Adventures - 104 Fourth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets.
Large store selling huge inventory of Halloween costumes year round.
Gothic Renaissance (goth clothing) - 104 Fourth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets.
Next to Halloween Adventure above. For the goth lover in you.
American Girl Place New York
609 5th Ave. at East 49th Street
Flagship store for the popular doll. Has photo studios and cafes for doll lunches.
FIRE DEPARTMENT (NYC) CLOTHES AND MEMORABILIA
The FDNY Fire Zone
34 West 51st St. b/t 5th and 6th Ave. (Rockefeller Center)
Small fire prevention learning center with NYC Fire Dept. items for sale.
Capitol Fishing Tackle
132 W 36th St. b/t 6th and 7th Avenues.
America's oldest tackle store. Cool neon sign. Taxidermied fish.
Grand Bazaar Flea Market - Columbus Ave at 77th Street (indoor/outdoor: Sunday year-round 10:00-5:30)
Chelsea Flea Market (Flatiron) 39 W 25th St. b/t 6th Ave and Broadway (Sat and Sun: $1:00 admission)
Hell's Kitchen Flea Market - West 39th Street b/t 9-10th Aves (Open Saturdays and Sundays most of the year.) Hester Street Fair (on weekends; mostly a food fair)
Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasbord (food vendors) (location varies: usually Dumbo, Brooklyn. See website.)
Evolution - 120 Spring Street b/t Greene St. and Mercer St. (Look for the skeleton out front.)
GADGETS FOR ADULTS
147 E 57th St. b/t 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave.
169 year-old company offering the world's best gadgets to make life easier. Fun to test!
Resorts World Casino (Next to Aqueduct Race Track)
110-00 Rockaway Blvd. South Ozone Park.
(New York City's only casino. 18+ only. Slots, video poker, and more. see website)
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway (in Yonkers, just north of New York City)
810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, N.Y.
("Guests must be at least 18 years old to play video gaming machines or wager on horses." Bring valid ID.)
The Compleat Strategist - 11 East 33rd Street
(Headquarters for Roleplaying games, strategy games, board games, miniatures games)
Astro Gallery of Gems - 417 5th Avenue b/t 37th and 38th Sts.
World largest gallery of gems and minerals in the world. Colorful and cool to see!
GIFTS (OFFBEAT, FUN, KITCHY)
Reminiscence - 74 Fifth Ave b/t 13th-14th St.
Flying Tiger Copenhagen - 920 Broadway at 21st St.
GIFTS (ELECTRONIC GIFTS and DO-DADS)
AC Gears - 69 East 8th St. b/t Broadway and Mercer)
HORSE RIDING EQUIPMENT
117 East 24th St. b/t Park Ave So. and Lex.
(New York's only equestrian tack shop selling horseback riding equipment.)
JAPANESE ANIME FIGURES, TOYS, and BOOKS
91 2nd Ave. b/t 5th-6th Sts.
832 Broadway b/t 12th and 13th St.
200 West 40th St. at 7th Ave., 2nd floor
Abracadabra NYC - 19 West 21st Street b/t 5th and 6th Ave. (costumes and kale up , too!)
Tannen Magic - 45 West 34th St #608 b/t 5th and 6th Aves.
Fantasma Magic - 421 7th Avenue at 33rd Street. (enter on 33rd) (contains a small Houdini museum)
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS - Oold/Rare/Offbeat (store's been there since the 1950's)
149 West 4th Street at Morton Street
NEW YORK CITY (official products)
1 Centre Street at Chambers St.
(The official New York City government-run store. Sells official NYC souvenirs, books, and memorabilia, some not found elsewhere.
NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT
New York Transit Museum and Exhibit Center (inside Grand Central)
42nd St. and Vanderbilt Ave
(Sells NYC subway, bus, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro North gifts and books. Also has exhibits. A smaller version of the Transit Museum store at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn.)
424 East 9th Street B/t Ave A and 1st Ave.
Candles herbs, oils, charms and more
POP ART GALLERY
Pop International Galleries - 195 Bowery at Spring Street
Specializes in "Pop Art, Urban Art and art and photography that is derived from, or influenced by, popular culture"
SCIENCE FICTION (Books and Toys)
Forbidden Planet - 840 Broadway at E 13th Street
Image Anime - 242 West 30th Street b/t 7th and 8th Aves.
Toy Tokyo - 91 Second Avenue b/t 5th and 6th Sts.
STATIONERS - OLD FASHIONED (Watch old-fashioned letterpresses in action; hand printed cards made on site)
Bowne and Company Stationers (at South St. Seaport)
209-211 Water St. between Fulton and Beekman
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company
372 Fifth Ave. b/t 5th and 6th Sts., PArk Slope, Brooklyn
Sells an array of superhero costumes, gifts, books, and clothes. Part of a writing skills learning shop.
Housing Works Thrift Shops - 143 West 17th St. b/t 6th and 7th Aves. (various other outlets)
Goodwill Store - 44 West 8th Street between 5th and 6th Aves. (many other outlets)
East Village Thrift Shop - 186 2nd Ave. b/t E 11th and E. 12th
Vintage Thrift Store - 286 3rd Ave. b/t 22nd and 23rd Sts.
The Russian & Turkish Baths - 268 East 10th St. b/t 1st St. and Avenue A (From 1892. Authentic 1900's Russian Turkish bathhouse with Slavic Bod. Get scrubbed with oak leave brooms or get a seaweed salt scrub!)
SEXY STUFF Babeland (3 locations) - 94 Rivington St. b/t Ludlow St. and Orchard St. (fully stocked sex toy botiques)
The Pleasure Chest (2 locations) - 156 7th Ave. South b/t Charles St. and Perry St.
(Longtime adult sex toy emporium in the West Village since 1972. Featured in a Sex and the City epidode.)
Museum of Sex, ground floor store (no entrance fee). 23 Fifth Avenue at 27th Street.
(All the kink you never knew you needed. Sex Toys, Games, Books)