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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.


Levain Bakery, Harlem, Manhattan

Possibly the best cookies in New York city are at Levain Bakery! The cookies weigh 6 ounces each! It is worth it to make a special trip to go there or stop by when you're in Harlem. They also have a few other locations in the city and they've been making cookies since 1994. Treat yourself to something sweet!

Levain Bakery,  2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Levain Bakery