Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Great Gifts: Karolina's Picks

As Karolina makes her way through the crowded Tenement Museum Shop, she stops to point out some of her favorite items. As she picks up a wall calendar, she changes her mind, puts it down abruptly, picking up a weekly calendar with tear-out postcards that she likes better.

As an employee, it's difficult for her to narrow down the shop's inventory to just a few stand-out items. She thinks it's a great store because it represents the themes of the Tenement Museum, but nothing resembles a silly souvenir.

"Our buyer has a great eye for fresh, hip things," says Karolina. "There's a selection for everyone."

NYC Storefront Calendar
This desk calender has a different photo of an NYC storefront for each week, including iconic locations like Russ and Daughters and CBGB. The photos are all from the lush Storefront: The Disappearing Face of New York coffee table book. The best part: each photo rips off and becomes a postcard, so you can plaster them on your walls or send them to your friends and family. It's the perfect for anyone who lives in New York City, loves New York City, or misses New York City. $22.95

Greek Diner Coffee Cups
Diners are a staple of the New York City restaurant scene, and these ceramic mugs take their inspiration from the classic blue paper coffee cup with Greek-inspired designs. Karolina says they're a great gift for anyone. "Everyone loves beverages," she says. And they're now a piece of history - designer Leslie Buck died this April. $12.95

Stylish Reusable Shopping Bags
The Museum Shop has an entire wall of reusable vinyl shopping bags decorated with everything from cowgirls to the NYC skyline to cakes and pies. Every eco-conscious lady will find a design she loves.$12.95

Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
One of Karolina's favorite books is Low Life by Luc Sante. It's a crime history of New York City, but it's also about life out of the mainstream. "It shows how women fit in and what their lives were like," she says. "It's a sensational, fun read." She recommends the book for anyone who has a healthy appetite for knowledge. $17.00

 All of these and more can be yours... pay us a visit (Mon-Sun, 10 am - 6 pm) or call to order, 212-982-8420. Support local business and your museum shops this holiday season!

- Posted by Kiley Edgley


  1. Are you stocking the new edition of the Encyclopedia of New York City? ISBN 0300114656.

  2. Yes we are! It's in stock now. And we've even hosting Kenneth Jackson at Tenement Talks on Dec. 8, 6:30.


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