Beacon's Closet

Beacon’s Closet on West 13th Street

Used Clothing can take many exciting forms, from the old fashion thrift shop to shops with a focus on vintage, and on to the world of luxury high end consignment.  From the Lower East Side to Uptown, here is a guide to the best shops in Manhattan, an update to our previous guide to our 25 favorite vintage shops in Manhattan.


Bryant Park-NYC Lawn-SecretsBryant Park. Photo via Wikimedia by Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Bryant Park is one of the city’s most illustrious public spaces, but it has come a long way from its more humble origins. As we’ll show in this guide, the history and architecture reveal the many secrets that lie beneath and around the park today.


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The flagship store of the largest department store company in the country is at the top of most New York tourists’ lists. Around it, Herald Square attracts a crowd second only to Times Square less than ten blocks north. Macy’s Inc., now a nationwide conglomerate of over 700 stores, began over 100 years ago as the R.H. Macy and Company Store. It has occupied its Herald Square location since 1902, a building that was named a National Historic Landmark back in 1978 and carries with a storied past. Here’s what we dug up about the largest store in America.


House of Yes Oriana Leckert Brooklyn Spaces by Michael BlaseHouse of Yes. Photo by Michael Blase.

Oriana Leckert is the founder of the website Brooklyn Spaces and has also been an Untapped Cities contributor, writing one of our favorite pieces on 7 of the most unique bathrooms in the city. The tenacity of her expedition around the city to find these bizarre toilets has only been amplified for her book Brooklyn Spacesa compendium of 50 Brooklyn hubs of culture and creativity. These are community-grown, artist-founded spaces within the post-manufacturing/post-industrial landscape, in buildings and lots that have been hacked, adapted and reused. You can tell Leckert knows Brooklyn (at least this part of Brooklyn, she admits) inside and out, and each location is told with a knowledgable ease that comes with already being a part of the place and a sense of humor.


Butterick building hudson square history-NYC-Untapped CitiesThe Butterick Building, built in 1903 for the sewing empire of Ebenezer Butterick. Image via gvshp.org

Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood, bordered by areas like TriBeCa and the West Village, was gifted to Trinity Church by Queen Anne of England in 1705, and throughout the years, became known as the Printing District until as recently as the late 1990s for the abundance of publishers and printers that historically resided there. Today, its reputation still stands, albeit updated for the modern times as a center for media, design, advertising, and the arts.

In a recent attempt to revitalize the historical significance of the area, the Hudson Square Connection business improvement district is set to launch Hudson Square in 3D, a two-day exhibition of the neighborhood’s art, businesses, and culture. Attendees will be treated to demonstrations of 3D printed furniture and discussions led by design professionals in the area, but hopefully won’t forget to appreciate the history of the area that made it one of Manhattan’s art hubs and the buildings, now repurposed for design firms and furniture stores, that once housed pioneers of the printed word.


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Whether you’ve made the trek from New York City to the Hamptons and Montauk, to the North Fork wineries or perhaps to the Revolutionary War spy town of Setauket, you’ve likely either sat on a crowded Long Island Railroad train or been in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Long Island Expressway. A water alternative, The Sea Jitney (operated by Seastreak and Hampton Jitney), has just opened, bringing passengers from East 35th Street in Manhattan to Port Jefferson, from where you can either explore the historic area or board a Hampton Jitney that goes to Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Calverton.

We recently took a ride to the ferry’s ribbon cutting ceremony and we realized the best part of the ride, in addition to be just under two hours, is what you get to see going in and out of Manhattan. One after another, “untapped” gems from abandoned islands to notable lighthouses passed into view. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see: