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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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Randy Goldberg is the editorial and creative director of online city guide UrbanDaddy. He's also the co-founder of The Pop-Up Flea, the blink-and-you'll-miss-it menswear temporary shop that he stages every year in collaboration with A Continuous Lean's Michael Williams. So when he agreed to send us his little known shopping secret, we knew we were in for a treat.
Everything about Alltiques is a little bit off, but in the best possible way. The name makes it sound like a store in a random strip mall in New Jersey where you would buy a porcelain figurine of a ballet dancer. John, the owner, likes to sleep in, so he opens at 1:30pm. The whole operation is a window booth in a multiple vender "mall" in Chinatown. And the inventory ebbs and flows. But he gets the goods—a mint Jaeger LeCoultre Polaris, a rare Audemars Royal Oak, the original 1956 Rolex Submariner that Connery wore while filming Dr. No. And all sorts of bizarre midcentury mod watches, coins, tie bars and gentlemanly miscellany. Everyone loves gentlemanly miscellany.· Alltiques [Official Site]
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