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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!


Tompkin's Square Bagels, East Village, Manhattan

So I like bagels! What's more NYC than bagels? I finally had the opportunity to try out Tompkin's Square Bagels. They are great. Fresh out of the oven! They are in the Alphabet City section of the East Village. A very cool little neighborhood. The bagels are of course hand-rolled and baked daily on the premises! They also have sandwiches and coffee.

Tompkin's Square Bagels, 165 Avenue A between 10th & 11th Street

Tompkin's Square Bagels