- Gallagher's Art & Fashion Gallery
111 Fourth Avenue, 212-473-0840; gallaghersfashion.com
For fourteen years, design professionals have flocked to Gallagher’s Fashion Archive in the East Village in search of inspiration. Old and new books and magazines relating to fashion, design, and popular culture pack the seven rooms of this basement bonanza. But for mere mortals, it can be a cramped—and intimidating—place. Now Gallagher’s has moved the cream of its collection to a roomier street-level space, where anyone can feel comfortable shopping for back issues of magazines both familiar (Vogue, Esquire, Interview) and obscure (Status & Diplomat, Charm, She) while gazing at original photography and curated exhibits. It would be easy to spend the day here, chatting with Walter Cessna (the incredibly informed manager) and drooling over the gorgeous offerings, except for one thing: Seating is limited, which reminds you that this is a business, not a library.
Best Magazine-Fetishist Store
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).