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02/21/2013 07:13 am ET

New York Originals: The City's Most Original Mom & Pop Shops To Visit (PHOTOS)

It's hard to be an original in New York. Yet the 75 mom and pop shops profiled in New York Originals each found a way to stand out amongst the mania that is the City.

Jamie McDonald, host of "New York Originals" on NYC-TV, put together a book of the most historic, dynamic and even bizarre spots around the city--there are places in every borough--to prove that New York really is a visitor's dream.

Herewith, a selection of just a few of the spots highlighted in the book.

All photos © Jamie McDonald, New York Originals unless otherwise noted.

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