Pop-up shops seemed like a hot trend in New York City a few years ago, but have become a hip staple akin to food trucks and “secret” bars. Whether they’re around for a day or a few weeks, these short-lived shopping destinations can be hard to track. As the summer is coming to a close, we’ve nailed down the best pop up shops to check out in the city, whether you’re looking for the latest fashions, family fun or delicious eats. By Sarah Shaker.
The Warby Parker Readery
During summer 2012, your favorite online hipster-approved eyewear store collaborated with The Standard to create the Warby Parker Readery, a re-imagining of a 1960s newsstand featuring curated beach reads, vintage discoveries and the coolest sunglasses with which to read them. Pick up your Labor Day celebration essentials at the Readery for cool sunnies to rock in the Hamptons, Rockaway or Jersey Shore.
Independent Designer Pop Shop
Get your fall wardrobe ready at the ID Pop Shop at Chelsea Market, featuring 25 talented independent designers. With below retail prices, shop art and décor, accessories, apparel and bath, body and beauty care products. This pop up ends August 19th, so hurry up and get your back-to-school shopping done this weekend!
Summer break can be educational. From Aug 13-24, an art gallery in Brooklyn is transformed into a pop-up youth makerspace with hands-on workshops and classes in programming, electronics, game design, and 3d printing. Bring the kids to explore, experiment and tinker away the end of their summer vacation.
Barbecue superfan Daniel Delaney is launching BrisketTown this fall, but preorder sales are now open! The location hasn’t been announced yet – it will be in either North Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan. The quantities will be extremely limited each day of the pop-up, so pre-ordering ensures that you’ll actually get your fill of brisket before they’re all sold out of the 2,649 available pounds of brisket at $25 per pound.
Organic Avenue Midtown Pop Up
With the lack of healthy breakfast and lunch options in Midtown, Organic Avenue jumped on the opportunity to snag a short-term lease at the former Ferragamo store, a Deco’ed-out nearly 5,000-square-foot space. A large selection of their veggie favorites are available, including fruit and vegetable juices, raw and vegan entrees and snacks packed to go and nondairy yogurt and ice cream made from cashews. Dine at their communal table or take your super healthy lunch back to the office.
Cameron R. Neilson's Straight Up PhotoSeries
Streetwater at Openhouse Gallery presents Cameron R. Neilson’s Straight Up photo series until August 22. The debut marries architectural beauty with the child-like wonder of looking straight up. Neilson explores the unique personalities of Manhattan, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Jackson Hole. Get your culture on this August at Openhouse Gallery, your favorite Soho destination for art, culture and foodie pop-ups all year long.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.