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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.
'95 Charles Oakley jersey via American Memorabilia
Jace Lipstein is the voice behind Grungy Gentleman, a menswear blog that's out to prove you can be a gent without looking like a grandpa. His daily rants on sports, girls, and menswear have made the site one of the most influential blogs of 2011, putting him in a position to test drive leather bomber jackets for Rugby Ralph Lauren, collaborate on a line of swimwear with Olasul, and even develope an iPad and iPhone app for saavy men on the go. Here, he shows us his favorite shop, Cosby's Sports, located on the west side.
In the early to mid 1990s, Manhattan was a basketball town. Madison Square Garden was the place to be! An era that had Pat Riley's Armani suits and a young Jeff Van Gundy's tie game roaming the sidelines. The team was a perfect representation of NYC's grit and tenacity. As a kid, my father used to take me to a sporting goods shop inside MSG that had everything a sports fanatic could ever want. From apparel and equipment to Beckett Magazine and rookie cards, it had it all. If you wanted to find an authentic Charles Oakley jersey in home white, Cosby's was your jam.
After over 30 years of serving The Garden faithful, the family-owned store relocated around the block to 11 Penn Plaza. No need to worry, it still has that old-school, throwback flava. How real is their gear? That Oakley jersey may come with a slight tear in the mesh and a scuff on the "C" (for captain.) You know what's coming next, HAVE TO DO IT: At forward, 6'8" from Virginia Union, co-captain Charles Oakley! Oh, the 90s.· Cosby Sports [Official Site]
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