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Best of New York 2014 • Shopping

Best Pop Tchotchkes

  • Alphaville

    Brooklyn Flea, various locations;

    Whatever era you pine for, there’s almost certainly a kitsch objet at Alphaville to embody it. Once a brick-and-mortar shop in the West Village and now a pop-up booth at the Brooklyn Flea, Steve Karchin and Gary Kraut’s golden-oldie company specializes in memorabilia from the 1940s through the ’70s. That means Popeye iron-ons ($6), Laugh-In coloring books ($24), Howdy Doody handkerchiefs ($28), and everything in between. In the market for a ’50s plastic ray gun? They’re happy to help you hunt. Just don’t ask for any Backstreet Boys paraphernalia; the ’90s is one decade Alphaville doesn’t revere.

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