The formally grungy East Village now offers a unique, charming and safe environment full of boutiques offering all kinds of unusual wares for all ages and interests. Dinosaur Hill, for example, is a great place to get handmade toys and instruments for the child in your life. Metropolis offers an impressive collection of vintage concert t-shirts and other male retro wear, while Duo NYC offers women’s casual clothes. Or, you can swing by Obscura Antiquities for all kinds of unusual items from past eras.
- A few decades ago, the East side was known as a place for selling drugs with grungy parks and dilapidated buildings.
- The Dinosaur Hill sells cool handcrafted toys along with musical instruments that is designed for kids. It has been in business since 1983.
- Any female shopper who is looking for the ideal casual wear should be sure to check out Duo NYC which is owned by two sisters, LaRae and Wendy Kangas.
“Now New Yorkers and in-the-know Big Apple visitors come to the East Village for its many independent boutiques that flank the vibrant, narrow streets. You can pick up a one-of-a-kind dress, vintage denim jeans, unique wooden children’s toys, and even an antique 19th-century wooden leg. Whatever you fancy, you can probably find it by doing a boutique crawl through one of Manhattan’s coolest (and thankfully) safest neighborhoods.”