NYC: You say you want an Evolution?
Window shopping in New York City is always interesting. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you might find. En route to Balthazar, one of my favorite restaurants in SoHo, I passed a storefront filled with skeletons, stuffed birds, and African tribal art. OK, you had me at skeletons. I had to go in.
Welcome to Evolution. A wild two-floor shop crammed with science and natural history collectibles and artifacts.
Want to buy fossil shark jaws or real bugs in resin? They’ve got ’em, along with taxidermy displays of birds, snakes, rats, and lizards that would be the envy of Norman Bates.
A fascinating place to browse, Evolution takes science and nature seriously. They carry natural specimens obtained from paleontologists, entomologists, and anthropologists, and sell real human skulls and skeletons to licensed medical professionals. The rest of us can buy museum-quality human skull replicas, or real animal skeletons, shark jaws, horns and antlers.
There’s so many fun things to look at — tribal native art from Africa and Papua New Guinea, trilobite fossils, antique carved duck decoys, and gorgeous amethyst and quartz crystal minerals. A pair of brown marble agate bookends kept calling my name.
They also have a lot of stuff for kids, like skeleton T-shirts, spider and scorpion jewelry, Hex bugs, and 4D puzzles. I had to buy some brain soap for my son. It just seemed right.
Next time you’re on Spring Street in Manhattan, take a look. Then pop on over to Balthazar for a drink. You might need it.