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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 & Fleas, Chelsea, Manhattan

Artists & Fleas has a few locations in NYC. This one is in the Chelsea Market under the High Line park. There are a number of different artisans that sell jewelry, t-shirts, clothing, art and much more. It is a very cool market and when you buy from the merchants you are buying local and indie goods. Whether you want to buy a souvenir from your trip to the city or you live here and want to support the community, there are many great things to choose from. Artists & Fleas has a location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as well that I'll be writing about in a future post.

Artists & Fleas Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue at 15th Street

Artists & Fleas Chelsea Market