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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some of the city's shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic island (and beyond) that we might not all know about. Cue The Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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First up is the editor of religiously-read industry blog Fashionista, Lauren Sherman. Her lesser-known shop: "I'd say that my hidden gem is Store 518, a vintage store on Court Street in Brooklyn. It's owned by the lovely fashion designer Nadia Tarr, who runs a label called Butter by Nadia. I love it because she changes out the product all the time, and it's merchandised really well. It's never overwhelming. I got my super warm winter army parka there, and I'm planning to head over this weekend for a Shetland sweater. Oh, and she sells old fashioned penny candies behind the counter. Darling."—Yale Breslin
· Now Open: Store 518 Mixes It Up on Court Street [Racked NY]
· Store 518 [Official Site]