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Culture + Commerce Project  

Stephen Burks, founder, Readymade Projects

Sherry Jo Williams is an old-school New Yorker who relocated to Hudson to co-found Culture + Commerce Project. She curates a mixed bag of artists, woodworkers, and designers. 428 Warren St., nr. N. 4th St., Hudson, N.Y.; 518-828-9219.


I’m not a chef, but I find Joanne Hendricks, Cookbooks extremely intriguing. The tiny one-room shop is stocked with rare menus. She has food-related limited editions by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, and I once found a Chanterelle menu designed by Matthew Barney. 488 Greenwich St., nr. Canal St.; 212-226-5731.


The always-inspiring artist-in-residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem is a must-see. The bookstore has a fantastic assortment of books on African-American artists, plus great gift items. 144 W. 125th St., nr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.; 212-864-4500.



I’m a huge fan of Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea for its consistent representation of some of my favorite artists, including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Zwelethu Mthethwa, and El Anatsui. 513 W. 20th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-645-1701.

Nuthouse Hardware is open 24 hours a day, which is rare. It’s saved our studio during all-nighters when there was something we just had to have. 202 E. 29th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-545-1447.

Chris Pellettieri, the artist-in-residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, is the best stone artisan in New York. He’s worked wonders for me. The man can make anything in stone by hand. 114 Morningside Dr., nr. 121st St.; 646-229-6418.


When I visited Shibui with a friend, we were in awe of the proprietor’s encyclopedic knowledge of collectibles. He has the largest selection of Japanese antiques I have encountered outside of Japan. 306 Water St., nr. Hudson Ave., Vinegar Hill; 718-875-1119.


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