Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
Though Michiyo Fukushima was a successful photographer in her native Japan, she felt that something in her art form was lacking. It wasn't until she moved to New York City and discovered watercolor that she found the medium where she could fully express herself, transferring the interplay of light and shadow she knew well from photography onto her canvases.
In classes, Michiyo and her associates give students a taste of the techniques behind the luminous washes and precise shapes of her nearly photorealistic work, which finds her captivated by humble fire escapes and ethereal stone cherubs alike. Ranked among the "5 Best Casual Art Classes in New York City" by CBS New York, Fukushima's lessons in watercolor and drawing are designed for artists of all levels, from casual hobbyists to those who dream of having their work displayed on the Louvre's fridge. In addition to sessions held in a cozy red-brick building, she also teaches at the New York Academy of Art.
At Shoplet.com, recycling isn't just a way to dispose of paper—it's where paper comes from. Recycled paper, recycled office furniture, and other eco-friendly products make up a major segment of the online megastore's more than 400,000-item inventory. The rest of its stock ranges from printers to cleaning supplies to break-room gear such as coffee brewers and sassy baristas to push the buttons. For added convenience, clients can manage their transactions online and track their orders in real time as they travel from the warehouse to their office's doorstep.
You can buy Chilean jewelry, wines, and oils at Puro Chile, but it's more than just a boutique. It operates, instead, as what one staffer refers to as an"unofficial embassy." It's operated by a team of importers who haul in what they deem some of Chile's best products, and it's also an event center that hosts wine tastings and meetings. As an all-around, ongoing celebration of the culture, the shop and its Puro Wine sister shop stock wardrobes, wine cellars, and pantries with goods straight from Chile. The owners are passionate about giving Chilean exporters and artists a place to do business, and their efforts have been met with praise from the New Yorker, New York Times, and New York Magazine.
Nestled between Soho and Little Italy, Posteritati’s expansive gallery space invokes the golden age of cinema with more than 9,000 black-and-white and Technicolor movie posters. Petite placards and wall-length signboards span decades and genres that range from the once-popular film noir to the criminally overlooked fettuccini western. Colorful books on cinema arts round out Posteritati's collection and share space on the gallery’s dark hardwood floors with a rotating array of autographed handbills signed by producers, writers, and stars such as Lena Horne. The shop regularly hosts shows and poster exhibitions that revolve around central screen themes such as politics, romance, and actors’ relationships with antagonizing laugh tracks.