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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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Writer Stephanie LaCava splits her time between France and New York, and when she's in town, she frequents Argosy, a literary heaven on 59th Street.
I collect old books of all kinds, so I love Argosy. It's a whole building filled with prints, maps, autographs, and books and I could spend the entire day there. The first floor has rare editions, but I also love looking through the $1 and $3 shelves for treasures. Sometimes the best finds are scrappy paperbacks with interesting inscriptions or aged entomology drawings. I like prints of shells, beetles and squid or jellyfish. There are old marble end papers for sale, which make special stationery as well.
When you enter from 59th Street, the main floor has leather-bound editions everywhere. I've always dreamed of a bound library. There's a stamped second printing copy of The Little Prince in its original case that I've been eying. I also love the 16th and 17th century shelves, especially the way the spines are falling apart or the covers have faded. Here's New York City's answer to what you can't exactly experience online, though there is a catalog on the website to see if they have what you're looking for. Once you get there, though, you may be distracted by other curiosities.· Stephanie LaCava [Official Site]
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