This 75-year-old super-store bills itself as the department store for creative people, and that description is right on the mark. But A.I. Friedman is not just for artists and crafters. This is the go-to source not only for art materials and graphic art supplies, but for school and office products and supplies as well.
Best Supplies for School Projects. Staples, schmaples. When your kid's got a science-fair project due in three days, drive past that maddening big-box office-supplies store and head for A.I. Friedman. This 25-year-old, 30,000-square-foot, bright and cheerful, impeccably organized, skillfully staffed Westchester institution, stocked with arts and crafts supplies (paints, pencils, pastels), papers, poster boards, presentation books, lettering, stencils, has everything you need to make your 10-year-old's project (the one you're pulling an all-nighter to complete) look like he actually did it himself over the course of a month.