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Sunglasses, the accessory that simultaneously has the power to protect its wearer from crow's feet and make them look instantly cooler, are a necessity any time of year — but never more than in the long days of summer we're in right now.
Whether you're looking for a pair of statement-making shades this season or opting for something a little more low-key and minimalist, we're here to help you tackle Brighton Beach days and Prospect Park picnics with a solid pair (or four) of sunglasses to carry you through the season.
Below, we've mapped out 21 shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn for finding the perfect pairs. In the interest of streamlining, we've left off the places you've probably already thought of, including Sunglass Hut, department stores (and their discount locations, like Saks Off Fifth), and chains like H&M and Urban Outfitters.
Scroll below to see our list, mapped out from north to south.Read More