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Discover NYC – Your Guide to Indie Businesses

Discover the local, independent businesses that are the heart and soul of NYC in Shoot New York City’s guide to the best of indie New York!

Discover the real NYC in Shoot New York City’s Discover Guide

I love the independent businesses in New York, they are the heart and soul of the city! In this section you will find bookstores, cafés, restaurants, arts & crafts markets and more. This is an ongoing project to list the best of indie New York so visit often to discover the real New York City. Experience the hidden gems and places that New Yorkers frequent. For more information on many of NYC’s vibrant neighborhoods, have a read of my Neighborhood Guides. I am not compensated for writing these reviews and I'm only writing about the places that I like.

Sadly, far too many of these unique, independent businesses close every year. When I learn of one closing I will move it to the category Vanishing NYC. They may be gone but they’ll never be forgotten!


Artists and Fleas, Soho, Manhattan

Artists and Fleas opened their first location in Williamsburg in 2003. That location is open on weekends only. They also have a location in the Chelsea Market which opened in 2014. The Soho location opened in 2017.

Each of the different locations for Artists and Fleas features different independent artists and locations. They often have a live DJ and a very diverse assortment of indie businesses. This location also has a mini Strand Bookstore with a small assortment of popular books and lots of their merchandise.

There are at least 5 or 6 shops on Broadway in Soho that are similar in that they sell products from independent businesses.

Artists and Fleas - 490 Broadway at Broome Street

Artists & Fleas Soho