Must-See East Village
by nycgo.com staff, 03/03/2015
Screaming Mimi's. Photo: Kate Glicksberg
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Vintage Shopping and Specialty Stores
If you're looking to start a band or otherwise strut your stuff, reliable punky vintage shop Trash and Vaudeville sells leather and leopard-print styles, along with—what else?—studs. Manager-stylist Jimmy Webb says the boutique adheres to the philosophy of "tighter and lower."
But if your taste in clothing favors the campy and vintage, the East Village also has what you want. Exhibit A: Screaming Mimi's, where Cyndi Lauper used to work and Louis C. K. has been known to score duds for his daughters. There, you'll find the likes of tweed Chanel suits, Vivienne Westwood tops, acid-washed jeans and leather jackets that could've been pulled from your mom's closet.
Curate your closet with vintage finds on 9th Street; the stretch between Avenue A and Second Avenue is home to tiny yet well-stocked boutiques like 9th Street Haberdashery and Dusty Buttons. The former carries clothing and accessories from before the 1960s, while the latter specializes in vintage clothing from the '40s through the '60s (and includes some new duds to boot). The street is also home to Mr. Throwback, which houses a colorful collection of sports ephemera from the 1980s and '90s, as well as whimsical jewelry shop Verameat.
Those with more peculiar leanings in home collectibles will love Obscura Antiques & Oddities, where you'll find such unconventional decor options as vintage mannequins, petrified bugs and embalming-fluid bottles. Sneakerheads should head over to Zumiez for sneakers, skateboards and other accessories. —CP