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NYC: A pop-up shop for well designed, travel-themed products

By JD Rinne
October 3, 2012
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Anthony Falcone

Manhattan's Port Authority bus and subway terminal at 41st Street and 8th Avenue is always a hub of action.

Now through late September, a "pop-up" shop called Areaware Design To Go is open on the ground floor of the north terminal. It features design products with a travel bent. Some cute items include first aid kits by Help Remedies (the compact, lightweight, and biodegradable containers have bandaids, allergy tables, and so forth), travel journals, canvas bags, and some funky souvenir items, like the "We Are Happy to Serve You" mug. Or, give that special someone a real piece of NYC—a pigeon feather in a glass vial.

Areaware, curator of the shop, is a New York-based manufacturer of design products. So there are some other fun things, such as a orange elephant wall-hanging. Areaware also features a few things from up-and-coming artists in the American Design Club.

Curious? Check it out through Sept. 26. The space, called Blank Sl8 (it's a partnership between the Times Square Alliance and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District), has a rotating schedule of retailers, so you never know what you might find.

About Port Authority: Roughly 200,000 people pass through it on the average weekday. Redevelopment on all sides in recent years, including the Renzo Piano-designed New York Times building, has made the once seedy center a pleasant and safe place to visit.

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