OTR Presents. In God We Trust.

And the winner of the best gift for the girl-who-has-everything (especially a wicked sense of humor)…IS…A…Sweet Nothing pendant from In God We Trust.  These little rascals will turn the frown upside down on even the most jaded Grinchette. At first glance, the beveled gold heart ornament on a dainty gold chain seems innocent enough.  But on closer inspection of the delicate heart’s engraving, you’re assaulted by a fine, “HOW DO YA DO?!”

in god we trust, sweet nothings, fuck off, brass, gold, pendant, gold chain, nyc, necklace, charms, new york city, jesse shaver, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, on the real ny, realIn God We Trust, our friends. In God We Trust! And, in addition to the above-pictured expletive, they have a shitload of other hysterical pre-engraved phrases on one of these seemingly innocent charms.  Willing & Able, Hot Mess, Blah blah blah, Bless This Mess, Lucky Bitch, Really (Effing) Cute, TAKEN, Crazy Sexy Cool, Wonderbuns, Big Butt and A Smile, One Sick Bitch and NOPE are just a few examples of the PG messages tattooed on these diminutive temperaments of brass. If you want to get more authentic, an extra ten bucks will get you any slogan that’ll fit on the charm. And whether it’s your choice of words or theirs, one thing is for sure…you’ll get a chuckle next time you’re close enough to get a glimpse of these fine and delectable dictums.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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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. Jack Spade.

This year I want the Canvas Shop Brief from Jack Spade. Seriously, check this thing out. It’s built out of heavy-duty canvas and Italian leather with custom die-cast hardware. This is the kind of bag that I’ll be able to kick the shit out of for years and it’s just going to get better and better.jack spade, canvas shop brief, soho, brief case, wallet, clothes, sweater, down vestI’ll also have one of these sweaters, a new wallet, an iPad case and new down vest. There are stores on Bleecker and Greene for your gift procurement sessions. Of course, online shopping is always an option if it’s too cold to hit the Jack Spade bricks and mortar. Looking forward to opening these. Thanks, Babe. You’re a peach.

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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. Giggle.

Buying gifts for kids is tough, especially when they are not yours. For the little ones up to a couple of years old, hit Giggle. They have an amazing selection of toys, clothes, carriers, cribs, feeding/washing apparatuses and just about everything else you can think of for the zero to two’s.If you’re into the tactile shopping experience and in NYC, they have stores in Soho, Upper East and Upper West Sides. If you’re out of the city, there are 10 more locations dotting the country or you can just keep it super easy and shop online.

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.

Pop-up Kama Sutra.

Our buddy Adam Good and his group have transformed the former auto body shop on the corner of Crosby and Houston into a “pop up” Benetton store… particularly notable for the sweater people engaging in suspended congress on the roof.  You go, sweater people!

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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.

Kicks.

Went to check out the DQM-Vans store on Grand Street.  Great spot.  Founded by professional skateboarder Chris Keeffe, DQM was a spot  for skateboard gear and urban menswear, but they’ve really branched out and collaborate with all kinds of local artists, designers, photographers and more- a collaboration that is evident in the store.  It’s half store, half hangout.  And great place to hook up a pair of sweet old school checkered Vans.

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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.

Closing gift. Canasta de la edición.

Despana at 410 Broome Street in Soho is a whole pile of Spain wrapped up into one!  Well, actually four.  We first discovered their food shop and tapas cafe a couple of years ago when we switched offices.  The food shop has a ridiculous selection of meats, cheeses, breads, olive oils, vinegars, olives and more.  Their tortilla bocadillos at the cafe are craveable and everything from the salads to soups to pintxos are made fresh daily.  Next door is their wine shop which has the largest selection of Spanish wines this side of the Atlantic and the most amazingly friendly staff to go with them.  If that’s not enough, they have a chorizo factory in Queens!  They have been making and distributing the spicy links there since 1971.  In short, this place is pretty incredible.  We got this gift basket for a chef client of ours who loves to entertain.  The folks at our revered Despana did a fantastic job of customizing it.  Thank you!

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.