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"There are so many great shops it's hard to pick. I really like Dexter Sinister. They recently established a workshop and bookstore in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street where they also have occasional film screenings and other events. I dig their attitude and approach and enjoy stopping in to check out the selection of books and to see what they've been up to.

The talented photographer Jason Fulford (whose work I also feature on my website) turned the underground space into a one-day darkroom. Visitors passed small objects through a slot in the wall (I brought in a dried starfish I found in Shelter Island last summer) and Jason converted the object into light, removing one dimension in the process. He then returned a photogram of the object through the same slot."