Neighborhood: Greenpoint
Address: 113 Franklin St.

In a city full of great tattoo shops, none is cooler than East River. Owned by contemporary artist Duke Riley and designed by tattooer Sue Jeiven, the shop has a quirky old-school maritime vibe fitting of the type of tattoos they needle into skin. Walk-ins are welcome, and even if you aren't looking for any body modification, its worth a visit for inspiration alone. -Nick Schonberger