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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 local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
Image via Greenwich Village Daily Photo
Ally Hilfiger met designer Nary Manivong at a dinner party she hosted in 2008. Their relationship soon blossomed, and they eventually launched NAHM, a line of clothes with an emphasis on dresses inspired by men's shirting details. While we're still not sure what Ally cooked at the party, we have a pretty good feeling she spent some time preparing at this Greenwich Village antique cookbook shop, which has withstood the test of time and gentrification.—Yale Breslin
Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks is an antique cookbook shop located at 486 Greenwich Street between Spring and Canal. The storefront acts as the front room on the bottom floor of this woman's house from the mid-1800's. So cool! They carry great old obscure cookbooks which are extremely charming. She lives there with her husband and it feels like I'm walking through her living room looking through old French cookbooks with vintage bindings and linen covers. I buy them as gifts for Christmas or friends' birthdays. They are a nice addition to an antique book collection and have some neat old recipes. Especially cozy in the winter, it feels like a true gem and just as if you are walking back into time.· Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks [Official Site]
· NAHM [Official Site]