TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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Zakka

Books

Photo: Staff

Toshiki Okazaki moved his beloved design bookshop, Zakka over the East River in 2007 after many years in Manhattan. Settling into a much larger space with similar aesthetic.

URL zakkacorp.com

Turntable Lab

Music

Photo: Staff

The current music landscape can be a daunting one, considering that any bedroom musician is capable of releasing an album. In these digital times, it’s essential to separate the mountain of bad from the good. Enter Turnatable Lab

URL turntablelab.com

THECAST

Men's Clothing

Photo: Staff

Metal doors hide this subterranean boutique, where partners Ryan Turner and Chuck Guarino operate THECAST. Formerly a showroom, THECAST opened in late 2007 with a line of t-shirts that quickly expanded into a full collection, featuring everything from slim tailored wool suits and fitted denim jeans to rock-inspired leather jackets.

URL thecast.com

Strand

Books

Photo: Staff

The Strand Bookstore has been a classic New York City fixture since 1927, boasting an enormous selection of discounted new and used books. Today, it’s the only surviving bookseller of “Book Row,” the strip of 4th Avenue in Manhattan that runs from Union Square to Astor Place.

URL strandbooks.com

Spoonbill & Sugartown

Books

Photo: Staff

Spoonbill & Sugartown is an authentic independent bookstore and a destination for new ideas. You’ll appreciate that every title here feels hand-selected.

URL spoonbillbooks.com

Mollusk

Surf & Skate

Photo: The Studio

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Building off the momentum from Mollusk San Francisco, Chris Gentil and Michael Machemer decided to expand to the East Coast. With its congested streets and urban landscape, New York City isn’t considered a destination for surfers, but this didn’t deter Gentil and Machemer from setting up shop in Brooklyn.

URL mollusksurfshopnyc.com