i know there are craftspeople in nyc but i couldn't find them. there are of course the high end fashion houses with exquisitely made and amazingly expensive one-of-a-kind handbags, scarves, necklaces. there are the street vendors with "handwoven" textiles from ecuador. but i couldn't track down an area in nyc that had shops specializing in locally produced hand made items. the closest i came was to the scattered shop in soho. la petite princess (http://www.sohoprincess.com/) made and carried wonderful chunky goldplated and enameled jewelry (it reminded me of jewelry my daughter would draw and colour when she was about 8 years old). i bought a ring and haven't wanted to take it off. i also came across mystic butterfly (http://www.mysticbutterfly.com/). shop owner and designer, liza yu chen, knits the most exotic and humorous and funky hats - shaped and embedded with plastic animals, feathers, flowers and twigs.
i know i missed something - hopefully more research before my next trip will lead me to what i'm looking for.