The name really says it all: If you're in Manhattan and looking for amusement, Manhattan Amusement will take care of you. They have video games, hobbie/craft supplies and kits, race car junk, board games, role playing games, cards, action figures, models and more. The selection is great, and the staff knows what it's talking about.
Paragon sports has basically every and any piece of sports equipment you could ever want. I despise sporting good stores but the sheer scope of this one is impressive. It's huge and anonymous, the way I like it when I have to buy Sports goods. They also have a supposed guarantee to beat any competitor's price on anything, though I have yet to try it out.
Cinematheque is essentially the Kim's of Brooklyn, only slightly classier. As fantastic as Kim's selection is, it has the atmospher of a Staten Island adult book shop. Largely becasue of the huge porn section and poorly lit basement decor. Cinematheque is cleaner and hipper, and though it doesn't have the breadth of films that Kim's carries, it's one of the best you'll find in Brooklyn.
The title is simle yet elegant. Conveniently located above the Abbey Pub on the Upper West sie, The Movie Place is a rental haven amongst encroaching Blockbusters, and piracy busted Kim's. Utterly nonpretentious, the rental place runs on a monthly fee basis and lets you check out three films at a time. They stock everything from schlocky 70s comedies to abstract and freshly imported Asian films. It has all the auteurist flair of Kim's with the humble plebian films of a Blockbuster. The organization is terrible and borderline seedy, and I never quite trust the employees, but they won't belittle your taste in movies.
This place is something of an oddity. I normally loathe any kind of grooming boutique, but I was dragged here by a friend. It's on the third floor of the building, and above it is a rooftop deck where you can just hang out. That's where the lounge part comes in: You can get your hair cut, or just chill out. They have DJ assembled tracklists that never repeat playing, giving the place laid-back club feel.
Do you want to buy your girlfriend or loved one jewelry but not come across as an overreaching ass or spend too much money? If so I recommend Fortuna's, which has a wide variety of vintage necklaces and such. And by vintage, I mean composed of little vintage knickknacks and charms. They're cool, but not gaudy or opulent, and can be worn casually or as flair with evening wear. You can also pick out your own pieces and have them assembled into neckwea.
Walking inside John Derian's Dry Good's is like entering a vortex where an old Western dry goods store has been tossed in with a Bed Bath and Beyond, hippie Eastern bead table from an outdoor market, and the Royal Tennenbaum's. Most everything there is handmade, international, and quirky, and usually goes on a bed or a table. I frankly hate shopping for these kinds of goods, but I find this place entertaining.
Have you ever had the urge to browse through a Winnebago jam packed with discount designer clothing? If so head to www.shopcaravan.com to find out where the Shop Caravan will be. This is one of the more clever entrepreneurial activities I've seen around New York, and though I don't buy women's clothing, I've been on Caravan hunts, and it's damn neat. And it somehow manages to stay hip and somewhat exclusive operating as a glorified gypsy fair.
Though the title of the bookstore is a pun, don't expect anything as clever on the inside. The shop itself is fairly plain with nothing in particular to set it apart from the huge pool of New York City bookstores, though the staff is friendly and the selection admirable. It's chief merit is basically its location, in the heart of Court street. If you're on court and you need a copy of Catcher in the Rye to soothe your government implanted programming imperitive, Book Court wil do.
Many New York City performance spaces trumpet their wide selection of new sunds, up and coming performers, and experimental leanings. Tonic takes pride in its pure experimental, outside the box, and sometimes unlistenable musical acts. Here's a quote from their website about and upcoming act:"Bobby Lurie "sound like an entire kitchen just got thrown out of a window from three flights up."" That's a positive statement. I wouldn't go often, but once in a while it's fun to get a taste of extreme sounds.