- Mr. Throwback
428 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A; 646-410-0310
Yet more evidence that the nineties are the era of the moment: Michael Spitz crams this walk-in-closet-size shrine to all things Generation Y with Fresh Prince–loud sports jerseys and Starter jackets (from $50), Zack Morris–preppy button-downs ($20 and up), and pop-culture tees and sweatshirts (from $20) that sell almost as quickly as he posts them to Instagram (@mrthrowbacknyc). Shelves are stuffed with treasures you forgot you once owned and will find you’re now incomplete without, including Ninja Turtles figurines, “Goosebumps” books, and deadstock New Kids on the Block dolls ($2 to $10). Spitz also restores old-school sneakers: Bring your Jays to have them repainted and reglued ($60) or spring for a full-on sole-swapping ($120 if you provide the donor pair).
Best Nostalgia Shop
From the 2013 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).