NY – If you love vintage jewelry the way we do and you haven’t discovered Erica Weiner Jewelry yet, then you’re welcome. Her incredible collection includes everything from beautiful necklaces to deco charms to one-of-a kind wedding bands and now, after much persistence, she’s gotten permission from the MTA to sell a little inspired NYC memorabilia.
The Brooklyn born designer bought pounds and pounds of old NYC transit tokens from the MTA’s vaults, saving them from a scrap metal fate. In particular, she was interested in the 1953 pieces that feature the iconic cut-out “Y” (which back in those days were worth 15 cents) and the larger 1970s coin (which were worth 30 cents) to make into cool unisex necklaces. The tokens are threaded with vintage brass chains. Somehow those Metrocards just don’t have the same charm.
Erica Weiner’s developed a nice online following, but if you’re in Nolita, you have to drop into the Elizabeth Street store filled with beautiful vintage furniture and art — the Village Voice named it ‘Best Vintage Jewelry Store of 2011.’