— Noted.

Unique New York.

A round-up of some interesting shops in NYC, noted for their specialized inventory.



52548e02dbfa3f148d005c31._w.530_h.320_s.fit_Images from tenderbuttons-nyc.com


Tender Buttons

“The only shop in America devoted entirely to the sale of buttons.”

143 East 62nd St.






Photo by Jed Egan, for nymag.com


Just Bulbs

When I first visited this shop many years ago, they screwed in a bulb into a grid of sockets to show me exactly how it would light up. It still makes me smile.

220 E. 60th St.






Photo from www.saltnews.com


The Meadow

This shop sells chocolate, fresh flowers, and bitters, but I especially love its selection of salt.

523 Hudson St.






Photo from ourprinceofpeace.com


Casey’s Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps, also takes custom orders.

322 East 11th St.






Photo by Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times


CW Pencil Enterprise

This is no joke. 

100a Forsyth St.






Photo by Phil Kline for nycgo.com


Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

An incredible storefront (designed by my friend Sam Potts) with a hidden writing center for Dave Egger’s 826NYC.

372 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn


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