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85 E 4th StIggy’s Keltic Lounge
...is neither Keltic nor a lounge ? discuss: Well, it might be Keltic, but it’s not overtly so ? more your standard L.E.S. neighborhood bar, if there is such a thing. And we don’t really know what defines a lounge as opposed to a bar, but if lounges have jukeboxes this solid, we may have to start going to more.
132 Ludlow St
Yeah, the books on the wall are really bad and not worth reading. But if you’re the kind of person who does his or her reading in a bar, then we’re sure you’re capable of bringing a book of your own, so stop complaining and lend us some quarters so we can play Galaga.
7 Ave A, between Houston and Second Ave
If you know anyone who has a strip of four black-and-white pictures on their MySpace profile, we’ll bet you ten dollars that they got the pictures from the photo booth in here.
162 Ave B, between 10th and 11th Sts
No thanks, I gotta study-
Bar None/Finnerty’s/Nevada Smith’s
Josie Woods’/San Marcos
The bars of choice for college students laboring under the misapprehension that they go to a school with a football team. If the ceilings in all these places collapsed one night, there would be no more popped collars in the island of Manhattan.
Occupies a very special place in some of our hearts from way back when we first started going to East Village dive bars; in our excitement over $3 pints and Pixies on the jukebox, we never really noticed that everyone else in there was equally underage and new to the neighborhood. Now we like to refer to it as our East Village training wheels, and then change the subject.
507 E 5th St, between Aves A and B
Is it a thrift store? Is it a vintage store? Is it a thrifty vintage store? Or maybe it’s a vintage thrift store. Whatever it is, you need clothes.
218 W 14th St
Avenue A Flea Market
Bogged down with more useless junk than any other flea market in the city, it takes a bit more looking to find what you want. But if what you want is, for example, a Creepy Crawlers light bulb oven circa 1992, you’ll be baking plastic bugs until you pass out from the fumes.
Avenue A and 11th St
Thousing Works Used Bookstore Cafe
Bookwise, it’s no Strand ? probably yards of shelves compared to Strand’s miles ? but the selection is good, the cafÄ is stocked with incredible desserts, and the modest record collection features someone’s entire old Warren Zevon collection. Rather, it did before we got to it.
126 Crosby St
Ostensibly a classical music store, the stock of used indie-rock CDs obviously traded in by jaded Spin writers is quite possibly the best supply outside of Williamsburg. 12 E 18th St
The Market NYC
If you were wondering where everyone got those “Vacation in Beautiful Afghanistan” vintage T’s look no further. The kids at the Young Designers’ Market have a retired gym full of clothing and accessories to indulge your A.D.D. on a hung-over weekend morning.