50 Gifts from 50 New York Neighborhoods


New York may be America’s best shopping city, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest. The sheer number of options can be paralyzing for those of us with many names on our holiday list. And with seasonal madness afflicting high-traffic shopping areas like Fifth Avenue and Soho, recent years have found us searching for presents closer to home, at shops that don’t usually get a mention in most publications’ gift guides. With that in mind, we’ve compiled 50 great gifts from stores in 50 New York neighborhoods, from Astoria to Windsor Terrace, at prices that vary widely to suit your budget. Readers who don’t live in the city (or New Yorkers who would rather do their holiday shopping in pajamas), take note: most of the items on this list are also available online.


Queens Typographic Map Poster, $25 at Site


Mod Quad coffee table, $695 at Wonk

Boerum Hill

Beer Box chocolate assortment, $12 at Nunu Chocolates

Borough Park

Le Creuset 1.8-quart, enamel-on-steel tea kettle, $74.95 at Kitchen Couture

Brooklyn Heights

Agayof Dreidel Menorah, $144 at Module R


Honey B Gold Till the Casket Drops earrings, $50 at Yours Truly

Carroll Gardens

1970s Vintage Indy 500 Skateboard, $200 at Smith + Butler


Songs on Conceptual Art, compiled by Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom, $35 at Printed Matter


Chinese Zodiac Chopsticks, $22 at Yunhong Chopsticks Shop

Clinton Hill

1930s fine basket weave bonnet, $85 at Lacasapark

Cobble Hill

Fornasetti Burlesque Candle, $165 at Shen Beauty

Crown Heights

Best of Brooklyn Gift Box, $95 at Owl and Thistle General Store


New York at Night, edited by Norma Stevens and Yolanda Cuomo with text from Pete Hamill, Adam Gopnik, Vince Aletti, and Patricia Marx, $125 at powerHOUSE

East Village

(Burnt) Geraniums decoupage cake pedestal, $410 at John Derian Company Inc.

East Williamsburg

Hex Mix Tank, $25 at Mary Meyer Clothing

Financial District

Keith Haring Stacking Figures, $34 at Babesta


Obama Birther Certificate Tray, $19.95 at Fishs Eddy

Fort Greene

Thomas IV Marilynn Bag, $358 at Thistle & Clover


Bright Idea DIY terrarium kit, $65 at Twig


Fisheye One Purple camera, $55 at Lomography Gallery Store


Floating Feather Ornaments, $30 at Old Hollywood (available in-store only)


Black Is Beautiful mug, $12 at Studio Museum in Harlem Shop

Hell’s Kitchen

Bar(10)der, $52.95 at Delphinium Home


Tweed Afghani With Folding Ear Flap, $159 at Jennifer Ouellette

Little Italy

Original 1982 Wild Style poster, $450 at Posteritati

Long Island City

Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel, $39.95 at Artbook @ MoMA P.S. 1

Lower East Side

Piana Collar by Andrea Doria, $734 at Assembly New York

Meatpacking District

Mother V chandelier at Hudson Furniture (call for price)


Mondrian Box, $85 at Extraordinary

Morningside Heights

Pride and Prejudice T-shirt, $28 at Book Culture

Murray Hill

Good Old Coney Island by Edo McCullough, $75 at The Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore


Themis Mobile by Clara Von Zweigbergk, $29 at The Future Perfect


Driftwood and Glass Coffee Table, $1310 at Haus Interior

Park Slope

Totem Kitty by Megan Bogonovich, $55 at Cog and Pearl

Prospect Heights

Blue Label Essex Jacket in Key Largo, $220 at Kith

Red Hook

1870s-80s Italian Carved Ivory and Tortoiseshell Medusa Earrings, $3250 at Erie Basin


Help the Rockaways (as well as Coney Island, Staten Island, the Lower East Side, Red Hook, and other affected areas) continue its Hurricane Sandy recovery with a donation on behalf of a friend or family member to Occupy Sandy.


Claw Pedestal Dish, $79 at Evolution

South Williamsburg

Stash Box by Triumph and Disaster, $160 at Miomia

Spanish Harlem

Circa 1915 Beaux Arts-style clock, at Demolition Depot (call for price)

St. George

Giraffe mirror, $20 at Every Thing Goes Furniture


Alpha and Omega book ends at Just Scandinavian

Union Square

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster — signed first edition, $3750 at Books of Wonder

Upper East Side

Yayoi Kusama Ceramic Plate: Women Wait for Love, But Men Always Walk Away, $45 at The Whitney Museum Store

Upper West Side

Fishnet Vase by John Geci, $115 at Avventura

Washington Heights

55 DSL Kegular Sweater, $75 at Probus

West Bronx

Amaretti Cookies, $16.99 from Teitel Brothers

West Village

Miya Bowl Set, $38 at MXYPLYZYK


Fairy Absinthe Spoon necklace, $168 at Catbird

Windsor Terrace

Elephant brooch and earrings, $24 at Black Bear Brooklyn