In France, fines for purchasers of fake handbags face steep punishment: up to 300,000 euros fine and up to three years in prison. A French resident told us that in practice, you can be fined up to 10x the value of the real bag. In New York City though, we mostly hear about raids on importers and producers of fakes. Many have touted this disconnect as the reason why France just doesn’t have a significant counterfeit problem.
There was a lot of news in June regarding a bill that was being heard by city council, proposed by councilwoman Margaret Chin, to punish the demand side of the counterfeit bag business. Though not nearly as stringent as France, the fines were up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.
We’ve always been fascinated by stores that defy the rule of business diversification and focus on only one product. Inspired by the new Rice Krispie Treat store on the Upper West side, we’ve rounded up our favorite one-item purveyors, focusing on the quirkier items you can find in New York City.
If you’re only going to sell chopsticks, Chinatown is probably an ideal place for your store to be located. But for the most part, these aren’t the every day chopsticks families use at home, these are beautifully packaged gift items. Our favorite thing though is how the product offerings on their website (called happychopsticks.com) are organized by how many pairs of chopsticks each set comes with, not by aesthetics.
There’s probably a restaurant serving every cuisine in the world in New York City, but making authentic curry, dumplings, clotted cream or injera bread in your own kitchen gets tricky without the right ingredients. We go on a shopping spree for some of the more unconventional grocery list items at New York’s ethnic markets, starting with Asian groceries. (more…)
The bright awning of 38 Aquarium doesn’t give away the pricey goods inside.
Perusing the streets of Chinatown, you can find anything from huge filets of bass in the seafood markets to tiny goldfish swimming in plastic bags (among other things). In fact, Chinatown is one of the cheapest place to buy seafood in NYC. But those who see fish as friends–not food–can shop at a number of aquarium stores in the area, like Pacific Aquarium and Win Tropical Aquarium. But for something a little more exotic–and pricier–however, there’s 38 Aquarium on the corner of Broome and Mott Streets, where you won’t find the typical goldfish. (more…)
We hope that you will all try this as soon as you read it. Ask Siri where you can eat human flesh. She continues to have a wry sense of humor, though we’re not sure the restaurants that are pulled up will think so. We tried this in Chinatown last year and then went to actually test out Lunch Box Buffet (impossible amounts of food for $4.00, human flesh quotient undetermined).
Traditional Xinjiang Barbecue is the original and most popular of five Xinjiang BBQ carts in Flushing. The location on the corner of 41st and Kissena is prime too. Protip: within 100 feet: $40 RX eyeglass lenses, massive library, Kung Fu bubble tea, last remaining Irish pub.
Don’t be scared. All those who operate these BBQ carts in the area wear those spooky nameless-killer-from-late ’80s-Japanese-low-budget-torture-film doctor masks. What do you want from them? They’re standing over charcoal all day. Real charcoal.
Unlike a typical food cart griddle, which would sear everything into a single compressed layer, the hardwood charcoal doesn’t come in direct contact with the meat, so it’s slower cooking. The smoke brings the juices out and some drips onto the coals creating a second smoke specific to the meat, which really seals over the spice mix (which we’ll talk about in a moment) without really forcing it. (more…)