For presents with uptown flair, look no further than The Curious Uptowner's four holiday gift guides rolling out every Monday leading up to the holidays.
The first one was all about the latest products designed, conceived and written by some of uptown's most famous denizens (think Dapper Dan). Last week's featured objects with a touch of "Harlem"–yes, literally.
Up next? Gifts for that person on your list obsessed with bodegas–a familiar-but-disappearing sight across upper Manhattan and other fast-gentrifying parts of the city.
Bodega Dreams Bonbons, $18 for six-count box
These handcrafted, high-low bonbons from Harlem Chocolate Factory deliver three classic bodega snacks–potato chips, candy (in this case, caramel) and Coke–in an elevated package. (To order a box with just one flavor, make sure to specify that in your order.)
Bodega Cat Pin, $13
Artist M. Tony Peralta wears his uptown love on his sleeve–and on the other clothing, accessories and pins he decorates with humorous designs reflecting his neighborhood's spirit.
Bodega Dreams Hoodie, from $57.50
The spunky Bronx Native shop in Mott Haven has all sorts of fun tops and toppers that let you express your love of the borough, including this graphic hoodie.
Storefront Tote Bag, $20
If you're a cat lover and not already a follower of @bodegacatsofinstagram, an endless stream of felines reposing on everything from store shelves to ATMs, consider this your introduction. Soon enough, you'll be wanting one of the account's signature totes and tees.
Bodega Bouquet Lip Balm, $8
The particular bodega that inspired this sheer pink lip balm from Williamsburg jewelry shop Catbird is a place "to grab seltzer, coffee, a (probably overripe) avocado, a dozen roses"–and there's a cat, of course.
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