OTR Presents. WRK.

WRK rocks the vintage industrial in a huge way. These guys are amazing scavengers and designers (ok, borderline hoarders) who have a killer brick and mortar shop located, fittingly, across Prince Street from the old brick wall of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Nolita. The unsuspecting retail space lures you in with a concrete front yard full of industrial benches, chairs and containers. Up the steel staircase and inside, they display and sling found objects from crumbling upstate factories to long-forgotten basements in Brooklyn.

  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • Earnest Sewn @ WRK. Earnest Sewn @ WRK.
  • Earnest Sewn @ WRK. Earnest Sewn @ WRK.
     

You must wander through WRK and check out their superb selection of carefully curated curios for your home or workplace. Vintage furniture, restored objects, repurposed materials, a Spring Break Videodisk…everything in this soulful shop tells a story. Guaranteed, you’ll walk out with something you never knew you wanted – but had to have. And, for the time being, they have an Earnest Sewn pop-up shop adding a nice dose of Paul Bunyan flannel and denim to the vintage industrial mix.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Emergency Food Supply.

And now for the Doomsday Prepper on your list…The Wise Company Emergency Food Supply. One (or 36) of these sealed four gallon white buckets contains 60 bags of just-add-boiling-water meals in ‘em. You get eight servings each of Savory Stroganoff, Chili Macaroni, Pasta Alfredo, Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini, Teriyaki and Rice,emergency food supply, wise company, freeze dried meal, Creamy Ala King and Rice, Creamy Tomato and Basil and four servings of Cheesy Lasagna. Though these little foil bags of freeze dried nutrition are clearly not for the lactose-intolerant, they are 100% vegetarian (except for these) and they have a shelf life of 25 years. 25 years?!? Too bad you can’t stock up on an arsenal of Twinkies for dessert.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. C.O. Bigelow.

We here at ON THE REAL love to talk about New York City’s history and when we were walking by C.O. Bigelow this morning on Sixth Avenue we felt compelled to tell you a little about its history and remind you that C.O. Bigelow is a fantastic and old-time classic at which to procure a gift or two. You see, back in 1838 when Martin Van Buren was president, Dr. Galen Hunter formulated Rose Wonder Cold Cream and opened The Village Apothecary Shop. 15 years later, he sold it to an employee named George Hooper who in 1870 developed their Lemon Body Cream which is still a favorite today. In 1880, another employee bought the shop and renamed it C.O. Bigelow.c.o. bigelow, chemist, pharmacy, apothecary, new york city, nyc, the village, greenwich village, ginsberg family, the village apothecary shop, sixth avenueClarence Otis Bigelow and various employees ran the shop until 1939 when William Ginsberg bought the store, continuing the long tradition of the pharmacy being handed down from owner to employee. The Ginsberg Family still owns C.O. Bigelow and that is one of the many reasons why you should shop there instead of at one of the chains. They have a fantastic selection of skin care and apothecary products that you’re not going to find everywhere else. Guys, grab one of C.O. Bigelow’s incredibly helpful associates and have them put together a gift basket with amazing scents, creams and scrubs for her to enjoy while you take the kids for a long afternoon. Ladies, get him a new Made-in-England shaving set with their premium shave cream. Either way, you’ll be inspired when you walk in to C.O. Bigelow and witness how many amazing products they have packed in between this nearly 200-year-old establishment’s walls. Oh, and don’t forget to get your Xanax prescription filled while you shop. The in-laws will be here before you know it.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Exit 9.

The best place in the East Village to grab your stocking stuffers is certainly Exit 9. They have everything from stuffed animals to iPhone cases to headphones to fake moustaches to PanAm Skybags to bike bells to whoopee cushions to funny-looking colanders…exit 9, shopping, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nyc…to cutting boards to wallets to socks to Gummy Bear lamps to alarm clocks to Kido Tug Boats to magic sets to garlic rockers to Pig Poppers to pocket microscopes to table ping-pong to chopsticks to squishables to head massagers to Bacon Mints. They also have a glockenspiel. We love Exit 9.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Obscura.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…12 sets of eye balls, 11 ancient scarabs, 10 bags of marbles, 9 pairs of spectacles, 8 feral squirrels, 7 sets of cuff links, 6 vintage deer hooves…obscura, antiques, oddities, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nycFIIIIVE BONY TOOOOOOOOOES…4 bats in resin, 3 deer heads, 2 turtle shells and some birdies in a bell jar. Obscura. One stop oddball shopping for the Addams side of your family.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Economy Candy.

If you happen to live downtown and didn’t escape to Uptown, Upstate or your buddy’s new townhouse in Fort Greene, you are fully aware that Halloween was a complete wash…especially if you live in a flood zone. Normally, Halloween = shitloads of candy, so you missed out this year whether you’re a kid or just a die-hard sweets monger. No missing out any more! This year, Christmas + Hanukkah + every other holiday celebrated right around now = the previously referred to…shitloads of candy. That’s it!Your only stop to procure said shitloads is Economy Candy on Rivington Street. This place has everything from Charleston Chews to 12-packs of Pop Rocks. Bottle Caps to Astro Pops. You can buy M&M’s, gum balls, Jelly Bellies and rock candy by the pound or your favorite chocolate by the slab. Even if you hate candy, you have to check this place out. There is nothing else like it. Economy Candy is a true Lower East Side institution.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Scout Regalia Patio Garden.

Here’s a thoughtful gift for your favorite wanna-be-green-thumbed New Yorker: the Scout Regalia patio garden kit. Perfect for smaller outdoor spaces like a city balcony or fire escape, these kits are an easy way for an urban gardener to get some green things growing fast.urban gardener, garden, wanna-be, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nycThe freestanding raised garden bed was designed so it rests above the surface of your floor and is lined with a recycled drainage textile to help the soil aerate and plants to breathe. Constructed with certified redwood planks, it’s only going to get more handsome as it gets weather-beaten. And the kicker is it comes fully assembled, so all they need to do is add dirt, seeds and love.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. The Sock Hop.

I’m a terrible sock buyer. I’m the guy who would prefer to just hit Kmart every few months for eight packs of classic white tubes. First problem is when you have to take off your shoes because this evening’s holiday party host is a germaphobe, you kind look like a schlub in those things. Second problem is when you get home, your wife thinks the same thing.Here’s your Smelly Ugly Sock Rectification Solution. The Sock Hop on Elizabeth Street. The Nasserbakht brothers curate this amazing collection focusing on real craftmanship from heel to toe. The socks are carefully organized by gender, color and pattern. You can go completely conservative or wildly not. The Sock Hop also has a custom shirt maker on site. Measurements are taken and your pattern is cut and stored right there in the shop. You can go in at any time, choose whichever fabric is working for you in that particular season and have your completely custom shirt draped over your shoulders in about a week. We love how these brothers are keeping it old school in one of the country’s most historic neighborhoods. Whether your profession requires you to dress for work each day or you simply fancy good, old-fashioned bespoke dandy-ness, at The Sock Hop you’ll be sure to find a way to communicate your inner extrovert.  By way of sock, or by way of shirt.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Le Labo.

If the words cologne, eau de toilette, parfum, extrait and perfume fill you with a sort of olfactory dread, conjuring up choking vapors of Estee Lauder’s Beautiful or Ralph Lauren’s Chaps, then know this my friend, you are not alone. In the world of mass-produced fragrance where every other pseudo celebutard has a signature scent, the road to smelling good often dead ends into a headache. The sense of smell is among our most powerful and can conjure up powerful visceral emotions, both good and bad. I can still recall the fragrance choices of everyone from my fifth grade science teacher to my high school girlfriend, which might explain why I have been decidedly anti-perfume for most of my adult life.le labo, elizabeth street, nolita, fragrance, gift, perfume, soho, nyc, manhattan, jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the realThat is, until one day not so far back, Lesa came home wearing something altogether different. Earthy. Musky. Natural. Primal. But, not like the cloud hanging over a Dead show. She had stumbled upon Le Labo. Fantastic Le Labo. The store is spare, austere, and slightly mysterious like, well, a laboratory. The shop’s founding master perfumers drafted a “Treatise of Olfactory Resistance” and, believe me, this is a revolution you’ll want get behind. Le Labo staffers formulate each of the shop’s ten fragrances by hand, while you wait. In their arsenal of seductive scents you’ll find heady blends of sandal, delicate rose, fleur d’oranger, bergamote, vetiver, jasmine, and much more. Each fragrance stands alone or can be layered to create your own signature scent. What’s more, the mix masters at Le Labo will personalize an apothecary style label for your perfume.le labo, elizabeth street, nolita, fragrance, gift, perfume, soho, nyc, manhattan, jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the realAnd just in time for the holidays, they’ve introduced a utilitarian, vintage metal casing that a travel size vial of fragrance tucks into with military precision. And in just five minutes they’ll engrave the canister with your loved one’s monogram. If you do one thing this holiday season, heed this battle call. Drop one of these scent grenades on your significant other and you’ll be making love, not war, indeed.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. The Municipal Prints Company.

Because of its intrinsically personal nature, making a gift of artwork to someone is what you might call a pretty ballsy move. Unless, of course, the art you are gifting happens to have the kind of broad universal appeal of art deco architecture. And this is the genius behind the Brooklyn-based Municipal Prints Company, a new boutique prints and lithograph maker that specializes in the gorgeous period art and design of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Their recent “City of Brooklyn” series is based on W.P.A.- era posters and I love the sharp clean lines, the elegant typefaces, and the rich contrasts of the colors. They’re great re-interpretations of some timeless designs and you pretty much can’t go wrong giving someone one of these.Dumbo, municipal prints company, gifts, art, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nycIt’s a nice bonus that the story behind the company is kind of awesome. Brooklyn resident and founder Sheldon Yeager was a MTV Networks executive who happened to harbor a deep and abiding love of the aesthetic and architectural traditions of the early 20th century, specifically the grand public architecture of that era. Of course lots of us have passions and have debated following The Dream… but we get distracted because its lunchtime and we have to go to Duane Reade or whatever and so we never do anything about it. We find it inspiring when someone puts their money where their mouth is and takes a leap of faith for something they believe in. So we salute Mr. Yeager and the Municipal Prints Company for doing just that, and ultimately creating a really beautiful product in the process.

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.