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Best Bets

Superlatives
From limited-edition dunks to Frankenstein patches for your Eastpak, each of the city’s new streetwear shops has a specialty.


Monster motifs, from $6 for a patch at Scumbags & Superstars, 16 Wilson Ave., nr. Noll St., Bushwick; 718-628-4478.

High-top Air Jordans and LeBrons, from $140 used to $1,000 limited-edition new (or pawn the pristine kicks in your closet), at Sneaker Pawn, 200 Lenox Ave., at 120th St., Ste. 27-9, bell No. 1; 917-475-1374.

Screenprinted Queens-repping baseball tees, $50 at just-launched, St. Albans–based thinkaboutitclothing.com.


Kangaroo-pouch hoodies in 340-gram cotton, from $98 at Homies Wonderland, 15 Essex St., nr. Hester St.; no phone.

Two-tone skateboard decks, $50 at Diamond Supply Co., 286 Lafayette St., nr. Jersey St.; no phone yet (opening in September).



Cluster
Whole Foods isn’t the only new megaspace in Gowanus.

1. 7,500 sq. ft.
Gotham Archery:
pink bows, lime-green arrows (480 Baltic St.).

2. 3,500 sq. ft.
Brooklyn School of Rock:
White Stripes vs. Black Keys summer camp (327 Douglass St.).

3. 3,000 sq. ft.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds: lemon chess pies, classes (597 Sackett St.; opening 9/1).

4. 17,000 sq. ft.
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club:
bingo night, lobster truck (514 Union St.).

5. 3,600 sq. ft.
Ample Hills Creamery:
on-site factory, roof deck (305 Nevins St.).

6. 6,000 sq. ft.
Artist & Craftsman Supply:
linoleum relief-print blocks (307 2nd St.).

7. 4,200 sq. ft.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum:
two-headed-mouse taxidermy (424A Third Ave.).


First Look
On July 19, Flea Market Betty will debut on Havemeyer Street, near Metropolitan Avenue, in Williamsburg.



4x4
Step Stools
Reach cans, seat friends.


From left, stools by Sebastian Conran and Xavier Pauchard.  

Modest/Matches the Credenza: By Sebastian Conran, $80 at West Elm, 50 Washington St., Dumbo.
Modest/Matches the Sub-Zero: By Xavier Pauchard, $180 at Design Within Reach, 110 Greene St.



From left, stools by Jarrod Beglinger and Piet Hein Eek.  

Splurgy/Matches the Credenza: By Jarrod Beglinger, $449 at officeforlostobjects.com.
Splurgy/Matches the Sub-Zero: By Piet Hein Eek, $403 at the Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St.


Side by Side
Start-up Birchbox and British shop the Organic Pharmacy debut high-concept beauty flagships.


Birchbox
433 W. Broadway
Backstory: Four-year-old e-tailer known for monthly beauty-sample mailings sets up shop with full-size products.
Space: 4,500 square feet; warm wood; touchscreens; build-your-own-box zone.
Wares: Oribe texturizing spray ($42); Smashbox primer ($36); hot-cloth cleanser kits ($25).
Services: Crown braids ($30); fake lashes ($15); weekly makeup-demo classes.


The Organic Pharmacy
353 Bleecker St.
Backstory: Co-founded in London in 2002 by a homeopath who formulates her own products.
Space: 910 square feet; clinical cleanliness; smoked mirrors; screened-off treatment area.
Wares: Organic mascara ($38); Essential fatty-acid capsules ($50); detox kits ($295).
Services: Rose-crystal lymphatic facials ($75), prescription-filling herbal dispensary.


Trend Spawning
Nero Marquina marble motifs, reminiscent of Renaissance basilicas and 1980s renos, resurge.


January 2008
Jil Sander’s men’s autumn-winter runway show has suits and outerwear designed by Raf Simons with a digital-marble print.





December 2012
Artist Sam Moyer’s solo presentation at NADA Miami Beach features a marble bench that complements three ink-on-canvas, wood-mounted paintings.





August 2013
Safe House USA, a “streetwear for the home” e-shop, launches with marble-motif sheets—contrasting cold, hard marble and a warm, soft bed.




May 2014
Moving Mountains designer Syrette Lew debuts her Hi-Lo shelving at New York Design Week, pairing luxurious marble with inexpensive plywood.




May 2014
Karin Gustafsson, womenswear design head at COS, cites a doorstep near Piccadilly Circus as inspiration for this reversible clutch.




June 2014
Sight Unseen’s website adds RillRill’s spring ’14 marble pendants. (RillRill’s Katie Freedle was drawn to marble while renovating her bathroom.)


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