Made in NYC – Part 3

The City of New York is known for its yellow cabs, Central Park, trendy fashionistas, Broadway shows, and a hip music scene. We boast some of the finest museums, restaurants, parks, architecture, and shops in the world. Many TV shows and movie film here in NYC. What people might not know is that it is also home to some of the finest American-made products. Share my love of Made in NYC products.

Here are some of my made in NYC favorites:

Stuff We Love, Made in NYC1. Slate cheese boards, Brooklyn Slate

These gorgeous slate boards are great for displaying your favorite cheeses or just about anything else. Obtained from a quarry in Upstate NY, these boards are then processed in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  The boards come in either a black or red and include a piece of soapstone chalk for easy labeling.

2. Lingerie, Hanky Panky

Known for their comfort and style, these made in NYC lace thongs have almost a cult following.  They come in a rainbow of colors and patterns and are available in a one-size-fits-most sizing.  The cuts available are original, low-rise, petite, and plus-size.

3. Linen Sheet Set, Linoto

These 100% linen sheets are made in a variety of colors.  The linen is soft, durable, easy to care for, and comfortable year-round. Once you try them, you'll have a hard time going back to regular sheets. Rest easy on these made in NYC sheets.

4. Leather bag, Baggu

Baggu reusable bags are seen just about everywhere. The leather tote is an amped-up version of their original fold-up bags. I am coveting a gold one.

5. Hot Chocolate, Jacques Torres Chocolate

From award-winning pastry chef, Jacques Torres, these chocolates and chocolate products are made at the Hudson Street shop. The hot chocolate is made with real chocolate and comes in both classic and “wicked” flavors.  A made in NYC delicacy!

6. Sweet Jane Dress, Nanette Lepore

Known for her use of prints and bold colors, Nanette Lepore makes fun clothing for women.  Nanette continues to make most of her clothing line in NYC and is an outspoken supporter of the Garment Center. I love the cotton-silk V-neck dress, in particular. It’s perfect for the summer.

7. Second Skins Underwire Bra, Only Hearts

This comfy bra is one of the few I’ve seen that’s American-made. Its versatile, simple design means it can be worn under everything from a t-shirt to a business suit.  The bra comes in racer back and strapless versions as well.

8. “No. 3” Vodka, Industry City Distillery

This small-batch vodka is made from sugar beets at a distillery tucked away in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The founders have developed a unique process, using their own equipment, blending science and design, to make this vodka. Not only is the vodka made in Brooklyn, they have the distinction of being one of the only distilleries with all equipment made in Brooklyn as well.  Equipment and product Made in NYC, rare and innovative!

9. Cheesecake, Junior’s

How can you not think of cheesecake when you think of things made in NYC? Although their original restaurant is in Brooklyn, Junior’s cheesecakes are actually made in a Queens factory. Cheesecakes are available for purchase in Brooklyn, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, and online. Junior's pumpkin cheesecake is a Thanksgiving favorite in my family.

10. Lip Tar, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

OCC is gaining speed in the makeup industry, selling their products at outlets like Sephora and One of their most popular products is the unique Lip Tar. It applies like a lip gloss but wears like a lipstick. Comes in fun colors with names like NSFW, Harlot, Stalker, and Hoochie.  Made in NYC with just the right touch of attitude.

NYC-native Amy is the author of The American-Made Guide to Life, a blog dedicated to showcasing quality items made in the USA.