Shopping in Forest Hills
by MaryAnn Barone and Kristina Rodulfo, Time Out New York contributors, 06/20/2012
- more in shopping/
- more neighborhood guides/
70-39 Austin St. (bet. Continental Ave. and 70th Rd.)
You can stop by this discount designer destination every day and always find something new—the selection of clothing and accessories from far-flung locales such as France and Italy is updated constantly, thanks to this store’s lucky proximity to the company warehouse in Mineola. Sales associates—who often have their own clientele lists—can call other branches for a different size or color should you need it. If you’re in the market for deeply discounted clothing from designers like Vince Camuto, Michael Kors, Cluny and Cynthia Steffe, this is the place to go: We saw Marc by Marc Jacobs T-shirts ($39–$49, slashed from $68–$88) and Rachel Roy blazers in black and tobacco hues ($79, down from $169).
72-20 Austin St. (bet. Ascan Ave. and 72nd Rd.)
Lodged between an optical store and a children’s boutique, this unassuming vintage shop has no awning and no sign in the window—only piles of handbags and jewelry. Once you step inside and look past the racks of clothes, you may find yourself drawn to the wall of purses that hang behind owner Marc Pine’s counter. Local women frequent this 35-year-old store to bring in old and new Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada bags for Pine to inspect, authenticate and sell. Prices for the designer arm candy can range anywhere from $100 for Coach and Dooney & Bourke satchels to more than $3,000 for Chanel. Vuitton luggage pieces ($850) are also available. In addition to bags, Pine has collected about 50,000 examples of costume jewelry, starting at $10 for earrings and going up to $30,000 for vintage gold and diamond items.
71-63 Austin St. (at 72nd Ave.)
Lisa Jaume opened her accents shop two years ago with the intention of bringing elegance and femininity back into the shopping experience. Women of all ages browse the vintage-inspired wares, surrounded by retro prints and sketches on the wall, with smooth jazz playing in the background. Jaume’s eclectic, girlish selection includes high-heel wine caddies ($45–$48), Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe prints ($44), Scandal bustier-topped nail polishes ($8.99) and earrings from Dancing with the Stars jeweler Anne Koplik ($20–$90). Shoppers often comment on the sweet smell in the air, and Jaume is quick to point them toward its source—Illume Pomegranate Aromatic Reed Diffusers ($29).
71-43 Austin St. (bet. 71st Rd. and 72nd Ave.)
The Old World vibe of this home-goods, clothing and accessories boutique invites you to bring back a piece of an exotic destination, without traveling very far. In the front room, try on clothing fit for a tropical vacation, such as house-brand crochet sundresses ($45) and cotton tunics ($49), or browse an array of small home-decor pieces, including colorful blown-glass champagne flutes ($50) and Italian painted-marble coasters (set of four for $42). Walk through a brick archway to the back room, where you can consider higher-priced items such as drop-leaf, round dining tables ($1,999) and Tiffany lamps ($460).
71-60 Austin St. (bet. 71st Rd. and 72nd Ave.)
Owners Marie Sinanian and Rena Monogenis opened this jewelry shop in 1972, continuously adding to their unique offerings during their European travels; spots in Switzerland, Greece and Poland are among their sources. Styles range from romantic silver chandelier earrings ($125) to edgy amethyst and silver-spiked chokers ($300) to necklaces made of pleated ribbons and Swarovski crystals ($600). If there’s a piece you don’t see in store, bring any design in and they’ll duplicate it (prices vary with design).
For more shopping coverage, visit timeout.com.