21 Avenue B, 212-677-0500; www.tkny.com
Looking for that new Sony wireless mouse or the Japanese gizmo du jour? Always had a sneaking suspicion you need inflatable speakers? Ever since this hip little Alphabet City boutique-cum-gallery opened in May 2002, shoppers have had a brick-and-mortar alternative to electronics-import sites such as dynamism.com and japanrush.com for finding the latest way-out products and devices, Japanese or otherwise. From the superfluous Shower Shock caffeine soap ($24.99) and the stylish wall-mounted Muji CD player ($178) to two-second miso soup in a can and inflatable “safe rooms” for (supposedly) protecting yourself from biological attacks, TKNY’s inventory is ideal for the jaded New Yorker who thinks she has everything.
Best Avant-Garde Gadgets
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).