- Albee Baby Carriage
715 Amsterdam Ave., 212-662-8902
Don’t be put off by the décor, or rather the extreme lack thereof, at this Upper West Side shop. Albee has been supplying urban parents with wheels for more than 70 years, and its huge selection and deeply knowledgeable staff put the store a notch above its competitors. Stock ranges from the inexpensive (Kolcraft umbrella strollers, Snap n’ Go travel-system frames) to mid-priced (Maclaren, Combi, Peg Pérego) to deluxe (Urban Mountain Buggies, Bugaboo, Phil & Ted). Unlike other stores, which stock buggies on out-of-reach shelves, Albee puts them on ground level where you can test-drive them. Delivery is free. One caveat: Their online prices are often lower, but buying in the store gets you 90 days’ worth of free repairs.
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).