Saturday, August 4, 2007

This amazing store in Red Hook...

Erie Basin, an antiques, furniture and fine jewelry gallery, displays its pieces as sculptural works of art. I fell for an ivory and onyx 19th century ring that was moderately priced at $145. Owner Russell Whitmore was friendly and clearly engaged in his work, which makes it even more satisfying to pick up pieces by contemporary designers like Giles & Brother by Philip Crangi.

The shop's closed for the second half of August, but if you're a New Yorker, I suggest heading down to Red Hook one September Saturday, combing through Whitmore's treasure trove, then heading to The Good Fork for mussels and French martinis.

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