Must-See Harlem: 12 Great Things to See and Do
by David Kaufman
Photo: Clayton Cotterell
Swing: A Concept Shop
1960 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., 212-222-5802
It's hard not to love Swing, a year-and-a-half-old concept shop whose seemingly endless wares owe their presence here to owner Helena Greene, an NYC native with an extensive fashion-industry background. (Her résumé includes stints at Prada, Coach and Bergdorf Goodman.) Greene opened Swing after returning to New York from a decade abroad and envisioned the shop as a showcase for the kinds of products and experiences she enjoyed while away. The result is a refreshingly random mélange of global luxury labels—from artsy rebels like Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester to apartment-ready finds like Fendi mirrors. The store carries numerous made-in-Harlem goodies, too, like pieces from Greene's house label, soap from local purveyor Nordia and work from artists like Charlie Brow.