- Alife Rivington Club
158 Rivington Street, 212-375-8128
There is nowhere else where sneakers—cobbled bits of rubber, leather, and nylon lace—are treated with such reverence. Hidden down a tenement hallway (there’s no sign; just buzz) on the Lower East Side is the Rivington Club, where sneakers are curated with precision and displayed on a polished wooden shelf. But the real reason you come here is for the wild mix of everything from vintage Air Jordans to hard-to-find woven Nikes to Adidas Sambas in psychedelic color combinations that would never reach your neighborhood Foot Locker. Prices are $55 up to $800 for a pair of crystal-studded Adidas.
Best Hip Sneakers
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.