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6 at Astor Pl.
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Owner Richard Smith originally opened this eclectic boutique in 1994 as a place to showcase the work of local artists who employed recycled materials, but Mod World has since evolved into a unique retail space stocking snarky T-shirts, housewares, and toys alongside funky artist creations—many crafted by Smith himself. Decorated in neon, strings of lights, and day-glo hues, all reflected in a disco ball hanging from the ceiling, the long, narrow shop offers up scoops of pop culture commentary with its Spencer Giftsian wares: Demented figurines of debauched Smurfs and Power Puff girls by J.Ro, anyone? The walls are lined with a vast collection of ironic message tees—the de facto uniform for East Village-dwellers—and classic tchotchkes like rubber chickens, mini Slinkys, and Koosh balls. Simon Camton’s retro album-cover clocks stick with the recycling theme, as do Smith's own original clocks made from old household boxes (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Cap'n Crunch) and his lamps fashioned from vintage toasters.