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105 Riv

105 Rivington St. • New York, NY

105 Riv is inside the Hotel on Rivington, but also has an unmarked entrance down... More

Blue & Cream

1 E. 1st St. • New York, NY

An airy, minimalist window-lined store that started as a Hamptons staple, it carries designers for... More

Doughnut Plant, New York

379 Grand St. • New York, NY

Mark Isreal has been turning out what can only be described as craft doughnuts from... More

Ekovaruhuset, House of Organic

123 Ludlow St. • New York, NY

This pocket-size Swedish outpost is the source for international labels like Veja, which makes organic... More

Eldridge Street Synagogue

12 Eldridge St. • New York, NY

This awe-inspiringly ornate synagogue, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1887. Its 20-year renovation... More


153 Ludlow St. • New York, NY

A 19th-century cabinet of curiosities, with European antiques and packable objets for the home, like... More

Freemans Sporting Club

8 Rivington St. • New York, NY

Although it opened in 2004, walking into this custom tailor/barber/apothecary is like stepping into a... More

John Derian Company

6 E. 2nd St. between 2nd Ave. & Bowery • New York, NY

...incredible taste in tabletop, antiques and bedding, as well as whimsical découpage platters.... More

Laboratorio del Gelato

188 Ludlow St. • New York, NY

As grandson of one of ice cream giant Carvel’s first shop managers, you might say... More

Milk & Honey, Lower East Side

134 Eldridge St. • New York, NY

Sam Ross and Michael McIlroy are in charge of drinks at this tiny, reservations-only lounge.... More

New Museum

235 Bowery • New York, NY

This striking home for downtown's contemporary art hub—led by savvy director Lisa Phillips—made a splashy... More

Peggy Pardon

153 Ludlow St. • New York, NY

The well-edited, mint-condition vintage clothing at always feels just right, particularly the garden-party frocks from... More


158 Ludlow St. • New York, NY

One of the best indie-rock music venues to emerge this millennium, Pianos opened quietly in... More

Pickle Guys

49 Essex St. • New York, NY

Crunchy pickles are made with a rabbi’s supervision. $5.... More

Project No. 8

138 Division St. • New York, NY

Has an international, avant-garde mix of clothing, accessories and odd knickknacks, from Martin Margiela shoes... More

Tenement Museum

108 Orchard St. • New York, NY

Searching for a place to house a museum honoring American immigrants, Ruth Abram unearthed 97... More

The Box

189 Chrystie St. • New York, NY

This chandelier-draped, Moulin Rouge-esque destination—a multihyphenated performance space-cum-cocktail lounge-cum-celebrity hangout-cum-restaurant—opened in late 2006. Its gaggle... More

Wu Lim Qi Gong Master

145 Grand St. between Crosby & Lafayette Sts. • New York, NY

A 30-minute massage is $21 at this basement spot near Chinatown.... More

Zero + Maria Cornejo

33 Bleecker St. • New York, NY

My favorite designer; her cerebral, architectural clothes are (almost) all I wear... More

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