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Blacker and Kooby
Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9:30am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm; Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat, 9:30am-6pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Since the early sixties, this small family-run stationery and printing business has catered to the needs of a well-heeled clientele looking for a custom invitation or a quick gift that won’t require them leaving the tony streets of Carnegie Hill. On the shelves, this translates into oodles of art supplies (oil and acrylic paints, brushes, sketchbooks); cards and gift accoutrements (wrapping paper, ribbon, decorative bags); office supplies (staples, notebooks, organizers); children's games; and photo frames and albums. Oddly, the most expensive items are perhaps the smallest: A glass case houses a pen selection with prices ranging up to five figures. But it’s the printing services that get the most attention. A back area is devoted to tightly-packed shelves of invitation sample books from classic stationers like Crane's, William Arthur, and Grosvenor. Customers can select either old-world letterpress or contemporary thermography and, for an added fee, have the shop address the envelopes (by hand or with computerized calligraphy), stuff them, create custom postage, and mail them out.