Our exploration of the nerdiest destinations while visting NYC continues. Breathe heavy through your mouth over the following.
3 More Geeky Picks
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (372 5th Ave., Brooklyn; 718-499-9884, superherosupplies.com)
Even a caped crusader has to shop. Creator Dave Eggers nails the concept in a single bound. Crime fighters needing to stock up on cans of truth serum, deflector bracelets or jars of Kryptonite available in six colors need look no further. The staff plays it straight and customers must recite an oath swearing they’ll only use the products to benefit truth, justice and the American way. (Super villains need to shop elsewhere.) They’ll even let you test out their selection of capes by standing on a platform as air gusts from super powered fans. Although you can walk away with a fresh pair of tights or a leotard, a Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. T-shirt or baby onesie may be more practical. All of the funds benefit 826NYC. To get access to the site of this nonprofit writing program primarily for kids ages 6 to 18, visitors must push the store’s swinging bookcase. 826NYC’s heroic mission continues to be fostering creative expression through the written word. The organization offers free after-school one-on-one tutoring and other services. Now that’s a Hall of Justice.
Other Music (15 E. 4th St., New York; 212-477-8150, othermusic.com)
Some call it one of the best among NYC’s few and proud surviving record stores. Although the Tower Records that once stood across the street eventually bit the big one, Other Music has been towing its diversified line since 1996. Tired of digging for music that matters? Let its staff do the heavy lifting by suggesting off-the-radar releases. The intimate shop helps customers expand their aural horizons by specializing in essential, hard-to-find and underground releases. Indie, world and envelope pushing, it’s all here. Drop a needle on the LP reissue of “Do What You Like” from late-1960s Indonesian hard rockers AKA. Grab a new copy of the final Dirty Beaches album, snag that elusive old school twelve-inch, grab an indie mag or peruse the smartly stocked used CDs. Don’t be surprised if you rub wax with the musicians who provide some of the store’s inventory. Radiohead’s Philip Selway celebrated the release of his second solo disc at Other Music. Performing an in-store proves to be a badge of honor for some. Regina Spector, Superchunk, Nude Beach and others have done it. The store even boasts its own label, an imprint of Fat Possum Records.
The Way Station (683 Washington Ave., Brooklyn. 347-627-4949, waystationbk.com)
Ask any knowledgable Brooklynite directions to the Doctor Who bar and they’ll point you here. The Way Station scores serious geek cred with its Tardis police box bathroom. Where else can you tip back a liquid Sonic Screwdriver or a Rose Tyler? The latter concoction flows together with rosemary-infused Brooklyn Republic Vodka, lemonade and triple sec. Nerds gather in the Way Station screening room on late Sunday afternoons where a 70-inch plasma TV plays host to genre flicks and “Doctor Who” episodes. Local filmmakers screen their self-made wares on Saturdays. Regulars swear it’s aces in the karaoke department. Live music drops six nights a week, jumping genres from Americana to alt-Indian and all points in between. The owner’s no-cover policy means bands pass a hat for a $5 suggested donation. That’s a small price to pay when you’re dodging Daleks.