We paid a neighborly visit to Open Air Modern, a new store on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Matt, the owner, used to run the show over at Airstream Books outdoor market in Williamsburg. He's relocated and expanded the operation a bit further north — but for good reason.
The new storefront features a wall of industrial windows that makes for a great view from the street. Beyond the physical space, the well-curated merchandise varies from vintage records, to affordable mid-century furniture, to a large selection of rare and out-of-print design books. Open Air Modern also sells contemporary best-selling novels for cheap, so forget trekking to faceless stores in the city for your subway reading material.
If you're looking for just the right thing as a gift for someone (or for yourself), check out the carefully-considered selection at this new neighborhood dispensary of special.