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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. Unfortunately, I am unable to keep up with the closing of so many small businesses. So please check in advance that they are still open. It's 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.


Bluestone Lane, East Village, Manhattan

Bluestone Lane is a third wave café. That is to say that they strive for a higher standard of coffee. There are at least 100 third wave cafés in New York City. You want a good cup, you can get it here. And for the distinguished coffee drinkers from Australia, they will make you a flat white! They even call themselves an Australian style café.

Be forewarned, they are cashless! Apparently it's the new trend. They have a handful of locations in the city. The location pictured is in Astor Place.

Bluestone Lane 51 Astor Place, East Village, Manhattan.