Part of what makes shopping such a big part of the New York experience is that every neighborhood has its own retail landscape to complement its character. Spend the day shopping in your neighborhood when you live at the Long Island City condos at CORTE, and you will find direct access to the contemporary art/old-school New York continuum that makes this neighborhood tick. Stores like Mimi and Mo and Just Things are the perfect places to outfit yourself and your home with looks inspired by the energy, art, and style of LIC.
Just Things is a neighborhood thrift store institution with nearly 30 years of history in LIC. It is described by Time Out New York as “Hipsters and drag queens will be giddy over the selection at this 27-year-old thrift shop, which is run by sisters Ann Caporusso and Tishie Dooling (who inherited the space from their mother).” This is a place run with a personal touch by owners who have an eye for the unusual. It’s a spot where you can find everything from clothes and jewelry to books and records.
Miriam Zeldovich’s Mimi & Mo is a store offering clothes for kids and women with an eye to the stylish young families of the neighborhood. This is the place for flowing spring floral dresses, cowboy print onesies, and sequin mermaid skirts, all of which reflect the shop’s playful and creative attitude toward what it means to dress yourself and your child in LIC in 2019.
One of the art gems of the neighborhood for both viewing and shopping is the Noguchi Museum, dedicated to the work of the iconic minimalist sculptor. The museum shop is much more than a place for books and postcards– here you can find furniture and sculptural lighting designed by the artist and bring his mastery of form and function into your LIC home. Need the perfect touch to top a Noguchi cyclone table? A double white orchid plant from florEsta, a plant and flower store so lush in itself you will find yourself wanting to fill your arms and your home with their bouquets on a regular basis.
The LIC Flea is the perfect place to make shopping in LIC a recreational sport. Here you can grab a drink in the beer garden on the old Kaufman Astoria studios lot, shop for handmade soap and jewelry, and feast on Empanadas from Empanada Papa. At City Chemist you can pick up a prescription or some household essentials while discovering a new scent from their carefully chosen line of luxury beauty products. Long Island City denizens are also lucky enough to be blessed with the first Queens outpost of Book Culture, one of the most venerable booksellers in city, where just walking in the door will connect you with the buzziest books on the local and international literary scene.
Mark Garcia’s Long Island City Kleaners is not just a streetwear shop, but an homage to the New York of the ’80s and ’90s. Doubling as a gallery space, this is the kind of NYC store you will want to browse in for the original artwork alone. But, undoubtedly, you will also leave with your arms full of printed T-shirts emblazoned with the store’s “LICK” logo, and caps from the Bladerunner Capsule Collection, featuring the tiny origami unicorn seen in the urban-poetic ending of the film.
And to bring some pure art to your living space, you might want to check in at the MoMA PS1 bookshop, Artbook @ MoMA PS1. Browse through their collection of monographs of some of the greatest artists of the past and present, such as Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Hilma af Klint, Gerhard Richter, and Henri Matisse. These will make perfect coffee table books for your LIC luxury condo, and for your days in a neighborhood where art meets life on every street.
And if you’re looking for a good read, look no further than Book Culture, an independent book store that houses a collection of carefully selected options and focuses on keeping the city's history for being home to and endless amount of writers alive. Make sure to keep an eye out for their special events, including author readings, along with their numerous book clubs for every interest imaginable – from the Essays Book Club to the Contemporary Poets Book Club.
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