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Aaron Stern Gets His Wood Slabs In The Heart of Greenpoint

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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.

Image via From The Source

Today, we spoke with photographer Aaron Stern, whose blog you may have stumbled upon over the years. A Medium Format offers clean, sophisticated, and highly frame-able photographs through the eyes of an NYC insider—everything from Stern's personal photo diary to recent snaps of the backstage happenings during NYFW. We've never seen a photo of his dining table on the site, but apparently Stern is a big custom furniture fan: His favorite secret store is a Greenpoint wood emporium.

"From the Source in Brooklyn—their warehouse is very cool. There are tons of slabs of wood imported from East Asia. You pick all the parts for tables, chairs, benches, bookcases, mirrors... It's pretty incredible stuff. They have a few stores, one in the city and one in Brooklyn, but the warehouse is in Greenpoint. There are hundreds of slabs of beautiful wood of so many different designs. I bought my dining table there a few years ago, and it's like nothing else I've seen—except maybe at ABC Carpet for more than triple the price."—Yale Breslin
· From The Source [Official Site]
· A Medium Format [Official Site]

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