Map No 4: Lexington Avenue
The stretch of Lexington Avenue from 69th Street to 82nd Street feels like a slice of New York past, with few chains and a clutch of boutiques that have lasted for generations. The atmosphere is classic, a bit conservative, and deÞnitely quality.
  • By Amy Larocca
  • Published

  • Garnet-jeweled bark necklace, $16,200, at Mish New York.
    Cashmere scarf and gloves ($350) or a cabled cashmere sweater at Jay Kos.
    Thomas Keller's Bouchon ($50) at Lenox Hill Bookstore.
    Vanity trays ($200- $500) at Hadley Antiques.
    Classic costumes for kids, like this cowboy ($78.50), are at San Francisco Clothing.
    Hardbound address books and photo albums ($65 and $105) at Il Papiro.
    A fruit print ($250) at Marckle Myers.
    Brass antiques such as 1870 English vases ($490 a pair), and an 1860s scale ($825), at Burke's Antiques.
    Printed change purses ($40) at CK Bradley.
    Matched mother-baby pajama sets by BedHead ($108 and $80) at Bonne Nuit.
    Photographs by Davies and Starr

    (1.) Mish New York
    131 E. 70th St.
    The neighborhood’s main destination for loud and proud jewelry, with price tags to match (right, garnet-jeweled bark necklace, $16,200).

    (2.) Jay Kos
    986 Lexington Ave.
    When you need the classic man gift-especially if said man reads Forbes-come here for a cashmere scarf and gloves (right, $350) or a cabled cashmere sweater.

    (3.) Mary Arnold Toys
    1010 Lexington Ave.
    This well-stocked toy store has everything from rereleased Cabbage Patch Dolls to Wild Planet’s gadgets for aspiring spykids.

    (4.) Lenox Hill Bookstore
    1018 Lexington Ave.
    A small, independent, neighborhood bookshop in Manhattan? It’s true! The great cookbook selection includes Thomas Keller’s Bouchon ($50, right).

    (5.) Hadley Antiques
    1026 Lexington Ave.
    Among the English antiques here, vanity trays ($200- $500, right) and barware wrap up particularly well.

    (6.) L’Avenue des Rêves
    1028 Lexington Ave.
    Splurge on nineteenth-century-style society portraits by Paul Helleu ($5,500-$10,000), or go personal with a doggy portrait on a needlepoint pillow ($45-$149), which takes just two days to complete.

    (7.) Marckle Myers
    1030 Lexington Ave.
    You’ll find antique engravings from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries here, with a special emphasis on the natural world. Prints of bugs and assorted other critters are much more elegant than they sound, and who wouldn’t want a fruit print (right, $250) for the kitchen?

    (8.) Burke’s Antiques
    1030 Lexington Ave.
    Come for china, silver, glass, and brass (right, right, 1870 English vases, $490 a pair, and an 1860s scale, $825). The owner loves to gift-wrap.

    (9.) Stubbs & Wootton
    1034 Lexington Ave.
    Embroidered velvet slippers for . . . a certain type of guy. The type of guy who goes from lunch at the club to a charity event, and calls his wife “little lady." Also, the pope wears them. How about a monogrammed pair with gold or silver Þligree ($550)?

    (10.) Cantaloup
    1036 Lexington Ave.
    Teenage-girl heaven, with a dozen denim lines, and more soft, bright T-shirts than anywhere else north of 61st. Star gift: thermal sets (long sleeves and camisoles, $69 each) by Twig.

    (11.) Sylvia Pines Uniquities
    1102 Lexington Ave.
    Antique jewelry, costume and real- particularly special is the collection of beaded evening bags, mainly from the twenties. Prices start at $150 and go up to $950.

    (12.) Cardeology
    1200 Lexington Ave.
    Where to go to wrap it all. Comprehensive selection of paper, ribbons, and cards as well as beauty products by the Thymes for last-minute gifts.

    (13.) San Francisco Clothing
    975 Lexington Ave.
    There are great preppy basics (North Face jackets, marinieres, demure strands of costume pearls) for all ages here, but particularly fantastic are classic costumes for kids: cowboys (right, $78.50), ballerinas, firemen. There’s also a basic selection of old-fashioned toys that would look right at home under a Christmas tree circa 1955. Try the stuffed bears ($28.50) and dolls.

    (14.) French Sole NY
    985 Lexington Ave.
    Sometimes it’s best to specialize: French Sole has the best ballet flats in the city, and that’s pretty much it. The tiny space is Þlled, floor to ceiling, with variations in every possible color, fabric, and finish-from gold lamé to red velvet, demure damask to zebra stripes ($145-$225). Since these are flats, not slippers, they’re also good for wearing around the house.

    (15.) Il Papiro
    1021 Lexington Ave.
    This tiny storefront is packed with a selection of stationery exclusively from Florence. Hardbound address books and photo albums (below, $65 and $105) make excellent last-minute gifts.

    (16.) CK Bradley
    146 E. 74th St.
    For those who find Lily Pulitzer not quite preppy enough: grosgrain D-ring belts adorned with pinks and greens, frogs and whales (sassier versions have martini glasses, BITCHES and HOES). Printed change purses (right, $40), pretty updates on L.L. Bean totes, and bright cardigans all work, too, particularly if you’re celebrating in Westport.

    (17.) Tiny Doll House
    1179 Lexington Ave.
    Good old-fashioned dollhouses—colonials, Victorians, even brownstones for city kids—and the wee furniture to fill them with. Basically, if you or your dollhouse-obsessed daughter knows that it exists in real life (a Noguchi coffee table! a pointy pair of high-heeled shoes!), Tiny Dollhouse has it, or can find it, in miniature ($295–$8,000).

    (18.) Bonne Nuit
    1193 Lexington Ave.
    Come here for lingerie and pajamas by great European brands like Joelle and Papo d’Anjo, as well as baby clothes. Matched mother-baby pajama sets by BedHead (right, $108 and $80) in silly prints make a good gift, but if you’re out to indulge Mom, and Mom alone, there are lush cashmere robes by L’Mage ($390). Also: old-fashioned smocked holiday dresses for little girls, complete with hand-stitched hems and petticoats, and embroidered crib-size quilts by Judi Boisson.

    (19.) Feller’s Judaica and Gift Gallery
    1205 Lexington Ave.
    One-stop shopping for all Judaica needs: unusual menorahs (the pewter Love Menorah has a bride and groom holding each other, $80) and artistic dreidels, sure, but also a full library of interesting books, candy, and jewelry. The pottery—fruit bowls, mugs—is well worth a look, too. More offbeat items include a doll that talks in Hebrew ($38) and The Rabbi Says—a plush toy with a card for writing messages ($11.95). is packed with a selection of stationery exclusively from Florence. Hardbound address books and photo albums (below, $65 and $105) make excellent last-minute gifts.


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