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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!


Harlem Coffee Co, Harlem, Manhattan

Another independent business bites the dust. Harlem Coffee Co. no longer exits. In New York City you can find a really good cup of coffee in just about every neighborhood. Harlem Coffee Co opened less than a year ago and they use Joe Coffee for their brews. Nice relaxed atmosphere and of course free wifi! I'v spoken with the owner on a number of occasions and he's very friendly. If you're in the neighborhood stop by and tell them that I sent you!

Harlem Coffee Co, 151 Lenox Avenue near 117th Street

Harlem Coffee Co