Posted on December 21, 2009
Still only halfway through your holiday shopping? Haven’t even started to think about it yet? Luckily, you’re in New York, and shopping options abound. If you've had your fill of cuter-than-a-button holiday markets and I-saw-it-first overwhelming department stores, check out the year’s hot shopping trend: The holiday pop-up store. For your techno nephew Ed, go to the fifth annual holiday pop up sponsored by Wired Magazine (415 W. 13th Street; 212 645-0120). More than 150 gadgets galore are there for the browsing, from a home planetarium system to laptops laser-engraved by a local tattoo artist. Wouldn’t Aunt Sally like that? For your oh-so-hip neighbor, cool British publisher Phaidon has opened a 2,500-foot space at 1100 Wooster Street (212 925-1900.) From hip coffee-table books about architecture to wow-factor cookbooks, this is the “it” bookstore. Didn’t your sister say she was always cold? Trot along to the Under Amour shop at 3 West 57th Street. It boasts one of the largest selections of the brand’s signature athletic wear, as well as accessories and shoes. And who doesn’t love a store that showcases both candy and Italian furniture? We certainly do. Drop in on Candy Shoppe at Capellini (152 Wooster Street; 212 620-7953) to feast on architectural hard candies by candy makers Papabubble--you can even fork over $150 for a limited-edition lollypop that resembles Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, should you care to. And in the this-trend-has-reached-the-tipping-point category: Toys R Us has opened a Pop-Up Store at 692 Broadway, in the former Tower Records building. In addition to the usual mass of of-the-moment toys, New York souvenirs abound--and visitors can even get their picture taken with Santa.