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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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Nick Haramis acts as the editorial director of Bullett magazine, but he also lends a hand to publications like V, VMAN, Billboard, Blackbook and Corduroy, where he's interviewed everyone from Kate Bosworth to Nicki Minaj to Ke$ha. A Canadian living in New York, Haramis frequents Brooklyn's Unnameable Books.
When I was a totally bankrupt undergrad at McGill in Montreal, I'd go through phases of selling my books at this mothball-y, decrepit store across the street from my house. I ended up really resenting all of the nice, mostly old people who worked there, and who gladly took my hardcover books, waving me out of the store with 20 dollars in my pocket and on the verge of tears. Unnameable Books is like that place, only I don't hate the people there and they've never seen me cry.
It's been around since 2006 (and, for the past two or three years, at its new location on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights). They have a varied assortment of hard-to-find editions, and they host screenings and readings on a regular basis. They also have a cute sign taped to one of the shelves that says, 'Please do not steal the books,' a rule I hope not to break.
· Unnameable Books [Official Site]
· Nick Haramis [Official Site]
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