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Superlative sporting-goods stores for urban athletes.


  • The Wave Rider

  • Pilgrim Surf & Supply

    68 N. 3rd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-218-7456

    Custom-made surfboards (from $650) line one wall at artist-surfer Chris Gentile’s boutique; the rest is glutted with Bantu bikinis, Kenyan-style beach wraps, Da Fin flippers, and surfscreen war paint.




  • The Hipster Biker

  • Red Lantern Bicycles

    345 Myrtle Ave., nr. Adelphi St., Clinton Hill; 347-889-5338

    Staffers here will sell you a refurbished bike (from $350), overhaul your old junker, teach you how to do it yourself, or just provide storage in winter. An in-shop bar, meanwhile, dispenses wine, beer, coffee, and housemade nut-milk.



  • The Weekend Boarder

  • Labor Skate Shop

    46 Canal St., nr. Ludlow St.; 646-351-6792

    Labor is a skater’s skate shop: spare and to the point, offering an array of artful decks, trucks, wheels, and other hardware. Custom boards start at $140, and, if you like, owner James Rewolinski can sell you a matching hat to boot.



  • The Marathon Addict

  • Nike Running Store

    156 Fifth Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-243-8560

    Enthusiastic employees—many of them runners themselves—analyze your gait on an in-store treadmill before matching you with your dream sneakers (from $100). You can even test out select models at the shop’s free running club.

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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