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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.


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Born in Australia, raised in Ireland, and currently residing in Brooklyn, Oliver Jeffers is perhaps most widely known for his picture book titled How to Catch a Star. From figurative paintings to illustrations to picture books, Jeffers' unique style has garnered him over twenty awards recognizing his dedication to the arts. So we trust his taste when he recommends a prop shop just a stone's throw from his studio in Gowanus. What are the chances of them housing Ed Bundy's decrepit couch from "Married With Children"?—Yale Breslin

At the minute my favorite store is the Film Biz Prop Shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn. It's a bit off the beaten track, but pretty close to my studio, and once you find it, you'll discover a world of extraordinary objects and furniture. I am always on the look out for unusual things, and this place pretty much always hits the spot. On my last visit I picked up a turquoise microscope from the 1950's and an ancient leather armchair. The Prop Shop is a non-profit business that recycles props from wrapped movie and TV sets, so you never know when you might see something you have bought on screen. I can easily lose a few hours here.
· Film Biz Pro Shop [Official Site]
· Oliver Jeffers [Official Site]

Film Biz Prop Shop

540 President Street, New York NY