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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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As he states himself, Jonathan Evans is a "men's style nerd on the Internet" who is also into really good beer. He spends his days working at Gilt Man and writing editorial for GiltMANual and Park & Bond, and his nights tweeting and updating his Tumblr account with pictures of bowties, adorable puppies, and dapper looking dudes. He lived in Bushwick for four years, and while he may have recently made the leap to Cobble Hill with his girlfriend in September, he familiarized himself with vintage emporium Urban Jungle, a spot where, if you're lucky, barely-worn wingtips can be yours for the price of a 40.
"I know a lot of folks won't step foot in Bushwick unless their journey begins and ends at Roberta's, but once you've had your pizza, it's worth taking the short walk from the Morgan L stop over to Urban Jungle, a massive vintage warehouse situated on the corner of Thames and Knickerbocker. It's definitely not one of those expertly curated vintage spots (think rows upon rows of disorganized T-shirts and leather jackets, jumbled racks of shoes, and the like) but there's many a great find to be had if you're willing to dig. Plus, what you give up in editing, you get back in pricing. I've picked up a couple of pairs of barely-worn wingtips there for a tenner each, and prices top out around $30 for outerwear. Score one for the outer boroughs."