best preserved junkyard habitat (2008)

MANHATTAN CASTLES AND PROPS

Every city has its Central Park; what really distinguishes the exurban outskirts' wide-open spaces is how they can be wasted. No sprawling automobile graveyards here, but you can see the next best thing at MANHATTAN CASTLES AND PROPS, the mostly open-air antique store stuffed into a sliver of Nolita sidewalk. It's a mini reliquary of consumer grandeur, with commercial signage, oversized outdoor statuary, and more to beckon the hipster naturalist. And rest assured it's a renewable resource.