Now that New York City has entered Phase One of the reopening, specialized boutiques have slowly begun lifting their gates (the state's guidelines allow delivery, curbside and in-store pickup).
To mark the occasion, here's a sampling of some great little shops in Harlem and Washington Heights where the doors are now fully open. From south to north:
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
Grab a graphic Harlem-themed tee or two–in a range of colors and sizes for both men, women and children–designed at this friendly shop.
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.
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.