- Grand Street Bakery
602 Grand St., nr. Leonard St., Williamsburg; 718-387-2390
Don’t let the signage fool you: The bakeshop that anchored this Williamsburg block for a quarter of a century is gone; in its place is a vintage store that, unlike most of its super-specialized neighbors, is truly a one-stop shop. Neal Mello, former buyer for What Goes Around Comes Around and Urban Outfitters, converted the bakery’s metal ovens into fitting rooms and used its pastry racks to display scads of heritage-leaning men’s clothes—de rigueur Pendleton, of course; sturdy Carhartt jackets; heavy-duty logging boots. In the ladies’ ward, Mello stocks hip Navajo coats, skinny-making jumpsuits, and chunky costume jewelry. A sprinkling of vinyl, graphic blankets, reworked miners’ jugs, and L-train-commuter-approved sundries (Layrite pomade, switchblade combs) round out the selection.
Best Vintage Everything
From the 2012 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).