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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week. Over the next five days, roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.
Photo courtesy of Jung Lee
We've all been there: Your parents/brother/old college roommate is coming for a visit, and you're playing the tour guide. They want a taste of New York City, but you're having nightmares about trudging through Times Square. No need to fear—there is a happy medium.
There's no way you're getting out of a trip to the Madison Square Park Shake Shack, but don't be so quick to hop back on the N or R when the burgers are gone. Take a stroll north and explore a neighborhood that's a little off the beaten path: a still-not-quite-yet-developed congregation of high-end boutiques. Since Nomad's borders are somewhat debatable, we've included a few that venture a little further south for good measure.—Courtney Iseman
Photo courtesy of Iosselliani
If you have all day
1. Showplace Antique Center: Technically, this is an indoor flea market, but the merchandise skews more toward high-end and are in beautiful condition. The many vendors lining the four floors provide hours of treasure hunting, whatever your interests are. Dig for rare coins, undiscovered art, statement-making costume jewelry, tapestries, furniture by way of France, Italy, Asia and beyond, and delicate mint-condition lingerie from the early 1900s. Find it slightly south of Nomad's rough borders. 40 West 25th Street near Sixth Avenue.
2. Iosselliani: The relatively uninteresting interior of Iosselliani's first store in New York City directly contrasts its contents. The line, a somewhat under-the-radar fashion fan favorite, consists of high-octane statement pieces that take city edge to an eclectic, colorful place with bold gemstones, geometric accents, fringes of chain, and glam-rock spikes. The pieces pop against the store's monotone backdrop, allowing the spotlight to shine on what could be your next favorite accessory. 4 West 29th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue.
3. Bonobos Guideshop: This men's online retailer was founded to fill the void for that perfectly fitting pair of pants, and has now opened a Guideshop inside its headquarters to allow customers the option of a personal stylist. It's appointment only, but you'll get undivided attention, an opportunity to try on those famous pants, and a beer to wash it all down. 45 West 25th Street, fifth floor, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue.
4. Jung Lee: Ever wanted to walk right into the pages of a décor magazine? Stop by the home store of the famed high-end event planner, Jung Lee. It's stocked with stunning home accents you won't find anywhere else, ranging from affordable to a bit pricier, like neutral skull-embroidered pillows, bulldog statues, mirrored place settings. It's all arranged in tableaus that look like an incredible affair is just about to happen. 25 West 29th Street at Broadway.
Maison Kitsuné. Photo by Brian Harkin
If you have three hours
1. Maison Kitsuné: Part fashion label, part music label, this store is steeped in French cool. It's a sophisticated downtowner's dream: low-key clothing from the store's own label, accessories from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, Aesop toiletries, stationery, and even music compilations. 1170 Broadway near 28th Street
2. Opening Ceremony: This location of the impossibly cool Opening Ceremony store is especially tailored and compact, so your guests can get a crash course in the most buzzworthy labels without getting overwhelmed. Catch up on the latest graphics from Suno and sweatshirts from Kenzo, browse jewelry from Joomi Lim and Eddie Borgo, discover new brands like Fleamadonna, and still have a few minutes to stroll through the chic Ace Hotel lobby. 20 West 29th Street near Broadway.
Project No. 8. Photo by Rebecca Dale
If you have thirty minutes
1. Project No. 8: While in the Ace Hotel, pop into Project No. 8, the ultimate last-minute stop for all things you never knew you needed. Minimalist, sculptural jewelry? Check. Tattly's quirky temporary tattoos? Check. Salted caramels, cozy scarves, travel notebooks, leopard-print lighters? All here. With just the right mix of travel essentials, gifts and treats for yourself, it's the much cooler, much more fun younger sibling of the quintessential hotel gift shop.20 West 29th Street near Broadway .
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