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Economy Candy: Photo Tour of a Real Old School New York City Shop

New York’s Lower East Side used to be the spot for shopping, with vendors in business for generations. Most of those shops are now shuttered, replaced by condos, real estate offices and fancy children’s boutiques. I’d hoped to write about a famous New York pickle shop in the neighborhood, but alas learned I was too […]

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Best Shopping in Nantucket for Souvenirs

There is simply no place like Nantucket, with its cobbled streets, grey shingled cottages and spectacular sunsets. A speck of an island off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is all about restraint. Strict building codes preserve Nantucket’s historic identity. Long stretches of pristine beaches are nearly free of tacky bars and souvenir shops. Bicycles far […]

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Best Shopping in the Hamptons: Southampton Photo Tour

I used to spend a lot of time in the Hamptons. Post graduation, but not yet ready for the real world, I spent a summer relaxing on Southampton’s beaches. Later summers were spent weekending at sharehouses in practically every Hampton– Bridge, East then back to South again. My weekends in the Hamptons were pretty typical– […]

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Chicago Souvenir Recipe: Neon Green Sweet Pickle Relish

In most American cities, I struggle to come up with a unique souvenir to bring home. What souvenir would represent the iconic city experience that wasn’t already easily available in my own city of New York? Usually, I revert to food souvenirs, and mostly perishable ones, as those are often best in the city of […]

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Brooklyn Blackout Cake: the Best NYC Dessert that was Almost Forgotten

Most of my favorite New York City souvenirs are food souvenirs– I’ve already covered black and whites, my favorite bagels and Levain’s cookies. Today I’m going to add to that list by revealing my neighborhood secret place with a dessert wholly exclusive to New York. This dessert is so delicious that I often avert my […]

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