I only stumbled upon Auto NYC (a mini department store in the city’s meatpacking district) recently, and then only by accident. It’s amazing how things change when you haven’t been seriously back to a certain locale in years. Luckily, getting a wee bit lost was fortuitous, as resting one’s weary legs among jewelry, bedding, furniture, books, art, and other lovely things is no hardship at all.
Three objects I found myself drawn to were a solar system mobile completely hand crocheted from alpaca yarn; a sleeping pig (complete with pillow) embellished with a colonial scene with the French, British and American flags; and custom Russian Matrioska nesting dolls made to look like your family by illustrator Trisha Krauss. While Auto NYC does sell slightly more… practical items for the home, I’m more apt to buy practical things at, say, Target and fun things at the wonderful little shops I happen upon in my adventures.