Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Upper West Side

by Alyssa Grossman, 10/08/2013

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    Walk along Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue or Columbus Avenue and you'll have your pick of places to sift through clothes, shoes, jewelry, sports equipment, specialty foods and more. Zabar's opened in 1934 as a single market counter selling smoked fish. Today, it's an Upper West Side institution where locals and visitors stop by to stock up on coffee, bagels, homemade soups, knishes and, of course, the fish that started it all. Crafty types can let loose at yarn shop Knitty City. Owner Pearl Chin is almost always on hand to help her customers choose the perfect tools for their project, and the selection beats that of any standard craft store's. Beginner knitters can sign up for a class to get acquainted with the medium. Bookworms should head straight to Westsider Rare and Used Books, a reader's paradise with two levels of floor-to-ceiling titles, including hard-to-find selections. Once you walk through the inconspicuous entrance, the finds are anything but ordinary. On Sundays, the schoolyard at 76th Street and Columbus Avenue transforms into GreenFlea, an indoor and outdoor market selling rugs, jewelry, clothing, furniture, collectibles and food. It's the perfect place to stock up on home décor or take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir. The market is open year-round, rain or shine. 

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