Four Quirky Shops in New York City

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1. The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Located on 372 5th Ave, this is a store which thinks nothing about selling cloning liquids in bottles and gumption in cans. For a full blown list of superpowers and vigilant must-haves, check out their website. As you must have guessed, this is a favorite haunt among comic fans (read nerds) and people who are willing to let their imagination run wild. But what makes this place doubly awesome is its affiliation with 826NYC, a nonprofit organization which helps kids hone their writing skills. You can enter the writing lab through a secret bookcase. Yeah, it’s all very Harry Potter.

I would say it is a fun place to spend an afternoon in, even if you don’t need that squishy brain mold or that particularly sinister-looking pair of mutant hands. Before you go, please call ahead for hours and directions. Most people mistake it for a hardware store and walk right past.

2. MXYPLYZYK

I know what you are thinking (unless you are crazy about Superman and have read every single comic which features the caped crusader), you are stumped by the name. Where are those pesky vowels when you need them? So before I get into the wares they sell, let’s get the pronunciation out of the way. It is pronounced mix-ee-pliz-ik.

Here you will find bizarre everyday stuff, some of them useful, and some, you will want to find a use for. The store is located on 125 Greenwich Ave (w. 13th street), and yes, they are open all seven days of the week. But it’s best to check the timings online or on the phone before setting out to pick up a snazzy Grafitti Cocktail Shaker for your next party or that sleek Quatro Table Lamp you saw on Pinterest.

3. The Evolution Store

What would you like for your birthday? A shark tooth? A bear skull? Or how about a meteorite? Maybe a bracelet made of chicken bones or say, giraffe hair? Licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish and Wildlife, this store is a wonderland for adults and kids alike.

They have a collection of natural history specimens which could rival that of a museum, and to make you love them more, they have converted some of them into stuff you can actually buy! The shop is open all days from 11 am to 7 pm and if you are GPS-ing them, the address is 120 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012.

4. Chocolat Moderne

Who knew that Suite 904 in an ubiquitous office building in New York City is home to a chocolate laboratory? Yep, experiments are made and the results are munched on and deliberated upon.

If you don’t mind a dash of Kalamata Olive in your dessert and are willing to bite into a chocolate bar which has the words “freshly crushed tomatoes and lemon juice” in the description, you my friend, are in for a treat. A dark, dreamy, delicious treat. Tap (212) – 229 4797 for directions and hours.