Off the Stop provides an insider’s look into all of the local hotspots surrounding one of New York City’s subway stations. Hop off the train at 86th Street on the Upper East Side, and there’s no shortage of things to do. Stroll down Museum Mile, take a walk in Central Park, or check out some of the specialty stores in the area. No matter what you feel like doing, you’ll find something interesting.
What began as a small newspaper and tobacco shop in 1972 has grown into an Upper East Side institution. Today, New Yorkers head to Venture Stationers for the famous custom stationery department, as well as to peruse the eclectic and impeccably-curated offerings, from housewares to luggage.
Since 1966, Sutton Clock Shop has been the go-to destination for clock and barometer repair. In addition to repairing clocks (both in store and through house calls), the store has a wide variety of clocks for sale, most of which are vintage. The business is family-run, and the current owner, an horologist, studied with his father before taking over the business himself.
The Neue Galerie features German and Austrian art and design from 1890-1940. The media on display includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative arts, and photography. The permanent collection features works from artists including, among others, Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, Max Beckmann, and Theodor Bogler. The third floor galleries feature special temporary exhibits which rotate throughout the year.
Housed inside of the Carnegie Mansion on East 91st Street is the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Although the building itself dates back to 1902, the museum got a technological makeover in 2014, blending together tradition and modernity. Head inside the interactive Immersion Room, where you can explore the collection of wallpapers. Once you see one you like, project it on the walls using the digital tables, or create your own. After walking around the museum, head to the Taralucci e Vino cafe, where you can grab a sweet treat like caramel sea salt gelato or Nutella mascarpone cake.
The Guggenheim is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, and rightfully so. The cylindrical building, designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, houses a giant spiral ramp that brings visitors from the ground floor to the top. Among the numerous works of art are pieces by Picasso, Kandinsky, and Miro. The Guggenheim always has groundbreaking and thought-provoking special exhibitions, but don’t miss out on the fantastic permanent collection.
With over 2 million square feet of gallery space and art spanning over 5,000 years, the Met is a cornerstone of the New York art scene. There’s something for everyone here, and so much to explore, you could spend the whole day here and still only see a small part of the museum. Be sure to take a look at the special exhibitions, which are always eye catching and interesting.