Lower East Side

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It still oozes ur­ban grit, but the LES has un­der­gone huge trans­for­ma­tions in re­cent years to be­come a hip, fash­for­ward nabe. Be­gin with a spot of peo­ple-watch­ing on a counter perch at cute caff El Rey / 100 Stan­ton St. (cnr Lud­low St.) (see Lunch), then launch your retail as­sault next door with trendy togs at Pixie Mar­ket also at #100 / 212 253 0953 / pix­iemar­ket.com, cross­ing next to the di­ag­o­nally opp. cor­ner for Yumi Kim at #105 / 212 420 5919 / yu­mikim.com, full of girly frocks and flirty ac­ces­sories. Gal­lop two blocks on Stan­ton and right at Nor­folk to dis­cover femme fash­ion haven Maryam Nas­sir Zadeh at #123 / 212 673 6405 / mnz­s­tore.com, with an exquisitely cu­rated se­lec­tion (w) plus knock­out jew­els. Exit left and bound right into Riv­ing­ton, past Suf­folk St. to #161 Nar­nia / 212 979 0661 / nar­ni­av­in­tage.com / a trea­sure trove of vin­tage finds, then re­trace your steps to old-fash sweets store Econ­omy Candy at #108 / 212 254 1531. Take the next right up Lud­low to find an­other eye-catch­ing vin­tage stash at #151 Some Odd Ru­bies / 212 353 1736 / someod­dru­bies.com, then cross to Ref­or­ma­tion at #156 / 646 448 4925 / there­for ma­tion.com, a fash­ion­ista fave for re­worked fab­rics and hand­made dresses. Con­tinue up to The Ris­ing States at #168 / 646 649 2410 / theris­ingstates­nyc.com / with con­tempo and in­die w/wear brands; As­sem­bly at #170 / 212 253 5393 / as­sem­bly newyork.com / has re­laxed duds and ob­jects (m/w), and for the eco-con­scious there are ve­gan makeup prods at #174 Ob­ses­sive Com­pul­sive Cos­met­ics / 212 675 2404 /occ makeup.com. If your tum is grum­bling, head up to the left cnr and tickle your pickle at the famed Katz’s Deli / 212 254 2246 / or grab a scoop of gelato at Il Lab­o­ra­to­rio across, oth­er­wise re­trace down and take a right on Stan­ton and left into Orchard. First, pop into San Fran­cisco im­port Self Edge for raw Ja­panese denim at #157 / 212 388 0079 / self­edge.com, and cult skater shack Reed Space next at #151 / 212 253 0588 / thereedspace.com. Bar­rel down to Moscot op­ti­cians at #108 / 212 477 3796 / moscot.com / the choice of Johnny Depp + other kool kats. Across at #103 is the fas­ci­nat­ing LES Ten­e­ment Mu­seum (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) – cul­ture vul­tures can end here, while in­sa­tiable shop­pers push on a cou­ple more blocks. The Cast at #71 / 212 228 2020 / the­cast.com / has edgy leather­wear; Anna Sh­effield at #47 / 212 925 7010 / an­nash­effield.com / has ex­quis­ite jew­ellery hand­crafted by the New Mex­ico na­tive, and Pro­ject No. 8 at #38 / 212 925 5599 / pro­jectno8.com / is a cult em­po­rium that re­de­fines ‘musty gift shop’ with quirky, cu­rated life­style finds. Fi­nal stop for down­town dandies, Alexan­der Olch at #14 / 212 925 2110 / olch.com / is the last word in lux­ury neck­wear, from ties to pocket rounds, in a med­ley of colours and fab­rics. OMG, you Olympic shop­per!

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