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Know Your Side Street

It’s not quite Chelsea, not quite the Flatiron district, but with new clubs, restaurants, and stores, West 26th Street between Seventh Avenue and Broadway is slowly losing its anonymity.


Illustration by Chris Dent  

1. White Furniture
(150 W. 26th St.; 212-989-4871)
Versions of Eames, Knoll, and Fritz Hansen designs, at prices closer to Ikea than Design Within Reach.

2. Revolution Books
(146 W. 26th St.; 212-691-3345)
Bookstore selling anti-capitalist ’zines and literature doubles as a clubhouse for local members of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

3. M. McLeod Hair
(131 W. 26th St.; 646-336-6231)
Trinidad-born Maureen McLeod moved her cuts-and-color salon (and its loyal model clientele) across the street a few years ago.

4. Black Door
(127 W. 26th St.; 212-645-0215)
Enjoy quiet conversation and a glass of wine at this dimly lit respite from pigskin mania across the street at

5. The Ainsworth
(122 W. 26th St.; 212-741-0646)
The city’s newest sports-watching mecca: Three-dozen-plus flat-screens, upscale bar grub (i.e., truffled potato wedges), and a whole lotta dudes.

6. Lana Santorelli Gallery
(110 W. 26th St.; 212-229-2111)
The artist-run space opens a group show of gastronomy-inspired art on October 24.

7. Sewtech
(105 W. 26th St.; 212-924-6316)
When FIT students destroy their sewing machines, this is where they go for repairs, rentals, and upgrades.

8. The Hog Pit
(37B W. 26th St.; 212-213-4871)
The former meatpacking-district dive relocated here about a year ago. The barbecue menu faces stiff competition from the comparatively gourmet Hill Country across the street.

9. La Pomme
(37 W. 26th St.; 212-725-3860)
A black, unmarked storefront (ring the bell to get in) gives way to a brand-new megaclub in the old Ultra space.


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