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A running list of great little shops that have reopened in Harlem and Washington Heights

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

Grab a stylish gift–and a card to match–at Harlem's NiLu.

With New York City in Phase 3 of the reopening, more and more great little uptown shops have begun lifting their gates.

To keep track, here's a running list of specialized boutiques in Harlem and Washington Heights where the doors are now open (check for individual hours and safety measures).

From south to north they are:


Central Harlem 191 Malcolm X Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts

The perfect spot for a unique gift–and matching card. Many items on the shelves are made by local creatives.

Central Harlem • 2219 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts • 20 E 125th St between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd

Grab a graphic Harlem-themed accessory or two–in a range of colors and sizes for both adults and children–designed at this friendly shop.

Central Harlem 245 Lenox Ave between W 122nd and W 123rd Sts

This boutique specializing in custom looks has reopened with a new line of very accessible "I Love Harlem" tees.

Central Harlem 346 Malcolm X Blvd between W 127th and W 128th Sts

Head to Kangol's Harlem outpost–its only location in North America–to find the company's most popular styles, from caps to bucket hats.

Central Harlem 2283 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 134th and W 135th Sts

Sharp, custom-made hats in all styles and for all occasions.

Central Harlem 300 W 142nd St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Bradhurst Ave

Harlem's very own indie record (and cassette) shop that could.

Washington Heights 1942 Amsterdam Ave between W 156th and W 157th Sts

Run by a mother-and-daughter team, this 20-year-old neighborhood bookstore specializes in African American authors.

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