Looking for the pulse of the neighborhood that spawned NYC’s punk movement and Off-Off-Broadway scene? Let the locals show you the independent bookstores, vintage shops, cabaret stages and rock ’n’ rolls bars where the East Village’s rebel spirit lives on.
At the intersection of function and fashion lives Kai D., a designer whose motto for his menswear line is “a pocket must be available when needed.” His designs are inspired by vintage men's workwear, and give a modern spin to classics like a felted-wool overcoat or quilted hunting vest.
This family-owned and -operated Latin music emporium is one of the City's hidden cultural gems, stocked with a comprehensive selection of popular and hard-to-find recordings of salsa, bachata and meringue music on CD and vintage vinyl—as well as live performance DVDs of stars like Tito Puente and Edwin Colon Zayas, collectibles and Latin instruments like congos, djembes and classical Spanish guitars.
This chic store stocks an array of luxe designer finds—including an exhaustively thorough collection of vintage and recent Chanel purses, accessories and clothes imported from top Paris houses—alongside a highly curated selection of designer costume jewelry, accessories, art and the store's own in-house line of women's ready-to-wear clothes.
Behind Time Warner Center’s iconic, soaring glass wall that overlooks bustling Columbus Circle is New York’s only urban resort destination where one can dine at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, sleep in a five-star hotel, shop and play—all under one luxurious roof.
Streetwise fans know that Claudia “Claw” Gold, aka Claw Money, is one of the most admired and influential graffiti artists around; her signature claw icon could be seen all across NYC in the late '80s and early '90s.