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.


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The New York Herald Tribune was a collaboration between two journalism giants: Horace Greeley, who founded the Tribune in 1841 and James Gordon Bennett who created the Herald in 1835. The paper won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, making its home at 219 West 40th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue for 43 years starting in 1923. The last issue was printed on 40th Street on April 23rd, 1966. The building is now home, fittingly, to CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Scattered throughout the building are 15 vintage typewriters, a gift from the family of Robert E. Dallos, the New York Bureau Chief of the Los Angeles Times from 1978 to 1991.  (more…)

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On the list of things needed to survive in NYC, a go-to barbershop is essential. You never want to be that person who goes to that really buzzed about art event, or that big job interview without a proper haircut. Every neighborhood in the city has barbershops, so they are never hard to find. However, to find the right barbershop for you—professional, convenient and most importantly, affordable—is more of a mission.

Tomcats Barbershop, over on 135 India Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, fits all the criteria, as they specialize in classic styles, without charging you the kind of money you normally see in other high-class barbershops in NYC.  (more…)

This fun clip that’s being shared around social media lately is from the 1928 silent film Speedy, starring comedian Harold Lloyd and directed by Ted Wilde. It was filmed in New York City, and fans of our vintage photo column may notice some really fun transportation finds, like the 23-foot traffic towers that once graced 5th Avenue across the street from one of the original cast iron subway entrances, double decker public buses, street cars, and elevated trains in Manhattan.


The Demolition Depot on East 125th Street The Demolition Depot on East 125th Street

On a stretch of 125th Street in East Harlem, adrift from new construction and the Harlem restaurant rows, stands a funky four-story building recalling a period when homes were rich in paneling instead of sheetrock, ceilings were ladened with chandeliers instead of recessed lighting, and windows were stained glass, leaded and beveled.  That place is The Demolition Depot(more…)

Eddie’s Sweet Shop in Forest Hills

The restaurants that our grandparents told us about are getting replaced weekly. The last automats in New York have long since closed down. And naturally, many New Yorkers are worrying for their city. Our suggestion? Go dine at some of the oldest and greatest places in the city before they’re replaced. Or go with faith that they won’t be replaced; after all, they’ve withstood the test of time so far. With the help of Mitch Broder’s new book, Discovering Vintage New York, we’ve compiled some of our favorite vintage discoveries.