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Where This Writer Finds Letterpress Stationery at the Seaport

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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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Justin Livingston is a freelance writer and creative consultant runs Scout Sixteen, a blog inspired by style—both his own, and those he encounters. This year, he'll be bringing contributing writers on board, as well as incorporate new topics into the site, including food and travel. Here, he shows us his favorite place to spend a lazy Saturday in Lower Manhattan.

Most kids grow up collecting comic books or baseball cards; I collected paper. Notebooks, postcards, and a variety of writing utensils littered my childhood bedroom. The magic of putting pen to paper is only matched with the excitement of receiving a handwritten letter in the post-iPhone world. Every couple of Saturdays, I find myself venturing down to Bowne & Co. Stationers at the South Street Seaport. The store is one of the oldest in New York City and still cranks out magnificent pressed paper products with authentic 19th Century letter-printing equipment. Bowne also has this great corner filled with nautical collectibles. Swoon!

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Bowne & Co. Stationers

211 Water Street New York, NY 10038