Words by Emily Shapiro, Photo by Tono—
If you’ve taken a taxi in New York City in the last few years, you’re familiar with NBC’s short clips spotlighting new and cool places to buy things around town. In a recent Shopping Guide clip, dashing host George Oliphant makes a visit to one of our main stops in Manhattan, Miss Lily’s Variety. He tells cab riders that the reggae/dancehall-focused retail/gallery annex of the popular Jamaican eatery (and home of RadioLily.com) is “collector’s paradise for rare Jamaican vinyl,” and even holds up Miss Lily’s newly published first book, of Jamaican Dancehall Signs, which includes a foreword and interview with collector Maxine Walters by Large Up’s own Jesse Serwer.
While NBC might have just discovered the charms of Lily’s and its next-door annex, LargeUp had the very first look inside the restaurant (and the first interview with principals, Paul Salmon, Serge Becker and Paul Salmon and Binn and Genc Jakupi) in our LargeUp TV webisode Behind the Scenes at Miss Lily’s. And when our good friend Matt Goias launched Miss Lily’s Variety back in January, we had the inside story first, too. Nonetheless, we’re glad to see NBC putting people on to the good vibes Lily’s has to offer. We just hope this doesn’t mean we’ll have to start waiting in line for our jerk corn and patties (or Jamaican dancehall books)! Check the cab clip below, and watch our LargeUp TV webisode at Lily’s after that.