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Scratch the Surface

St. Marks Place, minus the tacky.


Is there a microneighborhood (aside from Times Square) that gets a worse rap than St. Marks Place? It's tacky. It's garish. It's crawling with tourists and trend-starved teenagers. But if you're willing to overlook the street's past-its-primeness and dig around a little, the blocks between Third Avenue and Avenue A turn up some wicked surprises. Case in point: this pewter-and-glass ring ($38). It's just one of the chicly gothic accessories found on the basement level of the East Village's most famous retro-punk bastion, Trash and Vaudeville (4 St. Marks Pl., at Third Ave.; 212-982-3590). For more St. Marks discoveries, click ahead.


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