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Hoodies
The Hoodie Shop
181 Orchard St., nr. Stanton St.; 646-559-2716
You can thank Mark Zuckerberg for foisting the hoodie onto corporate America—or at least making it acceptable on casual Fridays. Find one in every style, vintage, and color at this one-track shop from Brooklyn Bowl honcho Peter Shapiro and former Bowl bartender Aleah Speranza. The place is chockablock with hooded swag, including purple Aforism jackets ($110), Nicholas K draped terry wraps ($385), and electric-pink OnePiece jumpsuits ($159). It’s as much a performance space and rec room as it is a retail anomaly. Lignet Roset sofas and an intermittently manned D.J. booth (Questlove spun their Fashion’s Night Out party) encourage hanging out, as do Me Decade amusements like a Wizard! pinball machine.

Photo: Courtesy of the vendor

Records
Co-op 87
87 Guernsey St., nr. Nassau Ave., Greenpoint; 347-294-4629
Vinyl junkies, meet your new dealer. This stamp-size record shop, tucked away on a leafy residential street, houses an impeccably curated selection of new and used vinyl. So what separates this platter peddler from all the others? Fair prices and an unusually friendly staff. And unlike many of its competitors, Co-op 87 always seems to have—to paraphrase Ric Ocasek—just what you needed. It stocks a bounty of soul, house, and jazz LPs, with its cornerstone being electronica and classic and indie rock. On a recent trip to Academy Records Annex, that holy grail of North Brooklyn record shops, an employee was overheard telling a customer in search of used Neil Young, “You might have better luck at Co-op.”

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Designer Deadstock
Graymarket
242 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 3rd St., Ste. 7, Williamsburg; 718-384-4984
Founders Wei Du and Alex Kasavin collect artisanal drop-crotch pants the way Rachel Zoe collects Birkin bags. Their six-plus racks of men’s, women’s, and unisex deadstock, culled from collector friends and indie boutiques as far away as Japan and Australia, include both renowned and obscure avant-garde designers. A Rick Owens crushed-velvet tuxedo blazer and Givenchy gladiator wedges commingle with an inky zip hoodie by Lost & Found and $1,700 Carol Christian Poell leather trainers (a single piece of latex-covered kangaroo leather, to be precise). The icing on the subversive cake: Everything is new with tags and discounted up to 60 percent.

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Curios
Creel and Gow
131 E. 70th St., nr Lexington Ave.; 212-327-4281
Whether you’re in the market for a $15,000 stuffed lion or a $20 pewter wishbone, Creel and Gow has the uptown natural-wonders market cornered. Globe-trotting partners Christopher Gow and Jamie Creel travel from Mongolia to Mozambique seeking ephemera and antiques and commissioning artisans to create nature-inspired décor. Located on the ground floor of a stately Upper East Side townhouse, the shop features several rooms, each dimly lit and meticulously merchandised so as to feel like a cross between a decorative-arts display at the Met and the drawing room of a European heir with a “von” in his surname. Like Soho stalwart Evolution, it’s worth making the trip just to ogle some of the more outlandish wares.

Photo: J.M. Kucy/JMK Gallery

Vintage Everything
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 and chunky costume jewelry. A sprinkling of vinyl, graphic blankets, reworked miners’ jugs, and L-train-commuter-approved sundries round out the selection.

Photo: Kyle Knodell/Courtesy of Grand Street Bakery

Gifts
The Front Room
Underline Gallery, 238 W. 14th. St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-242-2427
Emerging artists dominate this contemporary gallery, but the real draw is the boutique up front, where you can shop a dazzling assortment of gift-worthy odds and ends. Sequin-embellished Moroccan textiles give way to graphic Fredericks & Mae board games and studded sculptural vases in icy pastels. Peek into the alcove for a display case of Robin Mollicone’s neon-accented moonstone brooches and Abby Goodman’s animal-shaped sterling-silver rings, or select a present from the gallery’s handful of limited-edition surrealist screenprints by artists like Inka Essenhigh ($350).

Photo: Courtesy of Underline Gallery

High Fashion
18 E. 69th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-288-1338
Fivestory
This skillfully curated Upper East Side boutique features the latest eccentric trends and designers. Despite the name, the boutique has only two floors, but each is packed with brightly colored clothes, home furnishings, distinctive jewelry, and shoes. Men can find seasonal attire, much of it with a preppy twist, such as DelToro’s famous mustachioed velvet slippers, patterned and classic suits and dress shirts, straw hats and limited edition Nike sneakers. For women there are brightly colored party dresses, stacked platform heels with daring designs, and an ornate collection of jewelry. A range of bold accessories are displayed together—vintage Hermès, Maison Michel and then jewelry from newer designers like Dannijo are all featured side by side.

Photo: Evan Sung

The Next Opening Ceremony
Dagny + Barstow
264 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 212-675-2346
The selection skews young and strange at this airy shop. Think alien-print blouses from Australian designer Emma Mulholland and forest-motif trousers by Mother of Pearl. Rotating art exhibits drive home the O.C. vibe.

Photo: Jessica Chou

Eco-Fashion
Embody
ABC Carpet & Home, 88 Broadway, at 19th St., mezzanine level; 212-473-3000
Earth-friendly fashion comes in many forms: organic fabric, handsewn details, local production. But rarely do you see them all in one place, as with the new bazaarlike apparel floor at ABC Carpet & Home. Here, embroidered vintage caftans top driftwood tables, handcrafted Pamela Love pendants and Artemas Quibble leather messenger bags fill antiqued cabinets, and eco-luxe John Bartlett striped shirts hang near crystal chandeliers. Naturally, there’s a premium on sustainability: Prices hover at the steep end with the shop’s bigger-name labels, including Libertine and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen.

Photo: Andrew Karcie

Shoe Mecca
Barneys New York
660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-826-8900
The luxury retailer has been luring shoe obsessives for years. But it wasn’t until last summer’s shoe-floor overhaul that resistance proved truly futile. The renovation more than doubled the size of the salon to 22,000 square feet; its new gallery-like layout, a brainchild of Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman and high-end design firm Yabu Pushelberg, showcases exclusives from Narciso Rodriguez and Manolo Blahnik on literal pedestals. Most notably, the atmospherics—mohair-and-velvet seating, Italian marble walls, Macassar ebony tables—offer a shopping experience as chic as the shoes themselves.

Photo: Courtesy of Barneys New York

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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The Beefcake in the Backcourt
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The Beefcake in the Backcourt
Big, fake, and fully able to outshine its surroundings.Big, fake, and fully able to outshine its surroundings.
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