23 W. 18th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-463-7035
Walking past the shelves of dozens of shades of Crane’s stationery in Paper Presentation is like stepping into a world of social possibility. Whatever you’re looking for, the ephemera of occasion—from invitations to journals to scrapbooking knickknacks—can be found here, often at 10 to 15 percent less than at other local retailers. Stationery choices range from bright tropical-green circle-scalloped cards ($8.95 for a pack of 25) to pastel-colored jacket invites. Custom-printing rates begin at around $4 per single-color custom invitation.
Best Cheap Stationery
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).