Jan-Nov: Wed-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, 1pm-6pm; Mon-Tue, closed; Dec: Daily, noon-6pm
1 at 18th St.; A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
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Long a favorite of the city's film and theater prop stylists, Authentiques Past and Present is a veritable time capsule of American kitsch from the fifties and sixties. Packed into a three-part, attic-style room, the store stocks glass and barware, kitchen items and lamps, all in good condition and in unique, colorful styles. Baby-boomers longing for childhood comforts can heft heavy-bottomed original Flintstones juice glasses by the light of the shop's original mid-century modern lamps, all of which have been rewired by co-owner and former character actor Robert Pusilo. Authentiques also does a brisk business in vintage NYC postcards and, come the holidays, stays open extra hours as shoppers happily plunder the cache of vintage Christmas ornaments.Extra
The "Present" in the store's name refers to a small array of stainless steel flasks and card cases, the only 21st-century items in stock.