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.
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From the 2004 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.