Map No 6: Austin Street
Run-D.M.C. had Christmas in Hollis, but Forest Hills is packed with chains,
boutiques, and hard-to-ﬁnd items that make the F-train trip worthwhile.
Just off Queens Boulevard, you’ll ﬁnd a cluster of stores on Austin Street.
By Aja Mangum
71-21 Austin St.
A good source for clothes and accessories not readily available in Manhattan, like shoes from
Irregular Choice. More recognizable names include 55DSL (dress shown right, $129),
Ben Sherman, and Le Tigre.
(2.) Blue Elephant
107-21 71st Rd.
Even though it’s tucked away on
a side street, it’s hard to miss this festive store. One side
has formalwear for boys and girls, while the other has footwear. Try cheery floral mary janes from D&G (pictured right, $80) or
a pink Chanel-esque three-piece skirt suit from Zoe Inc. ($255).
(3.) Piccolo Mondo
107-06 71st Rd.
This could be Intermix for babies. Browse through crowded racks of pricey designer duds from Cavalli, Moschino, and Cacharel for girls and boys up to
size 16. The Miss Blumarine sequined minidress (as shown in the upper right-hand corner, $268) is good for dressing up tots for family gatherings.
71-11 Austin St.
No brand names are found in this pint-size boutique, but the clothes are
so savvy and stylish no one should care. Affordable picks include a brown corduroy skirt ($45), knitted short-sleeved turtlenecks,
and sequined camis ($35–$40).
71-43 Austin St.
This shop is so jam-packed with home furnishings, it’s
hard to navigate the skinny aisles. The aesthetic is bipolar: Furniture is all
dark wood and black leather, while home accessories are candy-colored and playful. Try Mistral soaps ($6) that are pretty enough to be decorations, and dining chairs (part of a complete set) with artful Japanese writing on their backs ($430 each).
(6.) Games Workshop
71-59 Austin St.
A place for serious gamers—consoles and joysticks not required. If you’re shopping for
a young teen boy, Dungeons & Dragons requires more imagination than video games, and it’s cheaper, too. Newer cults
like Warhammer 40,000 ($45) create mini-battlefields, where kids use ﬁgurines and dice to pretend they’re in another time.
(7.) Lulu’s Boutique
70-34 Austin St.
Don’t let the throngs of giggly teens keep you out: Sophisticated adult options here include Sweet Tees’ emerald
cami with burgundy lace trim ($69),
and your little sis will love the selection
of furry moon boots by Bridget
(right, from $400).
71-60 Austin St.
Semiprecious jewelry is handmade
in a workshop at
the back of this cozy store. You won’t find over-the-top multi-carat pieces,
but they’ll whip up
a customized creation in a minimum of two weeks for a reasonable price—
a pair of simple sterling-silver earrings is just $35.
(9.) Spin City Cycle
110-50 Queens Blvd.
One-stop shopping for serious bikers—
or those who just want to look serious. Bikes from Bianchi, Jamis, and Specialized hang from the walls, next to futuristic helmets (right, $200), Diadora sneakers, and 7-Eleven spandex bike suits. The hot item is the Indoor Trainer, a gadget that turns your cycle into a stationary exercise bike ($200).
(10.) Emilio’s Ski Shop
112-32 Queens Blvd.
Skiers and snowboarders will
ﬁnd stacks of gear and equipment
from major brands
like Burton, Salomon, and Ride. This 47-year-old family-owned business also does bus trips to Hunter Mountain, seasonal leasing, and rentals.
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