Secret Shopper: An Uber-Hidden Poster Shop

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On Friday, we channeled Henry Hudson, complete with a whole explorer-chic oufit going on—as we were aimlessly rambling 'round the Gallery District in Chelsea, we chanced on a new boutique straight out of a Victorian Age cabinet of curiosities that put our Barbour jacket to good use. The new discovery in question? The Poster Shop, a 2000 square-foot space above the Matthew Marks Gallery. Housed in a former 19th-century fire station that's begging to be turned into a cozy boutique hotel, the shop (we suggest a change to shoppe...so much more authentic) carries a carefully curated range of original art, rare books, signed catalogues, old-school '60's rock posters, and some seriously eclectic tchotchkes. Stop in for some strong, steaming English tea, and settle in for the long haul to peruse items from artists like Andreas Gursky, Nan Goldin, Roy Lichtenstein, and Willem De Kooning. Most of the stock on tap at this temp sale retails for under $100, making this the Mulled Cider to the Vodka Gimlet of, say, Larry Gagosian's not-so-gently-priced boutique. And, if you've checked weather.com today, that's a good thing.
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Matthew Marks Gallery, 256 W 22nd Street (between 7th and 8th avenues); 212-243-0200; Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Open until December 23, 2010.
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