If sunglasses did yoga, they’d look like these new shades from Gucci, which fold down to fit in your palm (they’re hinged in five places). In black, charcoal, and bronze ($260).
685 Fifth Avenue, at 54th Street
500 Fifth Avenue, at 42nd Street
27 West 34th Street
Can’t stand the smell of incense? Don’t write off aromatherapy. Our favorite alternative to those smelly sticks is Santa Maria Novella’s burning papers. They come eighteen to a pack and burn for about 30 minutes each (on a counter or on a plate), emitting a friendly, light musk smell ($16).
200 Hudson Street
Move over, piggy, kitty, and all other banks. This dove, by Wingard, is the newest, coolest coin catcher in town. Unlike other birds, it won’t poop on your head. But it will eat your bread ($42).
333 Smith Street, Brooklyn
229 Mott Street
Sprucing up your bedroom can be as simple as investing in a new set of sheets. Designer John Robshaw’s new cotton block-printed ones, in a pattern called Fern, are inspired by antique batiks from Java and have a casual-but-chic look that will work with most décors. Available in khaki, red, and brown (queen sheet set, $230; shams, shown here, $52).
ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway, at 19th Street
204 Elizabeth Street
Parents who listen to Nelly, OutKast, or Busta Rhymes may cringe at the thought of “On Top of Spaghetti” blasting on the car radio. So did new fathers Dan and Billy Cohen. The two set out to produce tunes they and their tots could love, and came up with the new Bust a Nursery Rhyme CD, made with Felonious, a San Francisco–based hip-hop band. Tracks include “Hickory Dickory Dock,” “The ABC Song,” “Humpty Dumpty,” and other favorites, rearranged and set to G-rated hip-hop beats ($15).
247 East 86th Street
Bank Street College Bookstore
610 West 112th Street
Cozy’s Cuts for Kids
448 Amsterdam Avenue, near 81st Street
557 Broadway, near Houston Street
Black & Decker’s new BullsEye laser level is a super-cool double-duty tool: It’s a stud finder with both audio and video displays to let you know you’ve found a nail in the wall, and it’s also a level that emits a laser beam that makes, say, hanging pictures along a wall as straightforward as can be ($69).
550 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn
1806 East Gunhill Road, the Bronx
1305 Twentieth Avenue, Queens
All photos by Eric Piasecki.