finally after months of searching i have found the solution to my stationEry problems in nyc. my friend jessica had told me about greenwich letterpress which carries nice cards by some big names in the stationery world. small store, decent selection of quality goods. i had also traveled to farfetched which had a slightly larger selection but less originality and overall design-goodness. today i ventured to 18th street which seems to be the mecca of paper.
first stop was printicon. they have a letterpress running in the front of the store and offer a lot of unusual designs as far as cards go. they also have a wide variety of giftwrap, clear envelopes, and other good stuff. i ventured down the street a few doors more where i found paper presentation which is a sea of paper. their card selection isn't that great but they carry all of the cargo boxes you could ever want, as well as envelopes in every color and shape you can imagine, and every little paper-related thing you could ever ask for. it makes dick blick and pearl's selection cower in fear.
so if you are looking for nice, individual cards i would still opt for greenwich (greenwichletterpress.com). for unique boxed cards go to printicon (service is kind of slow though, printicon.com). for everything else paper go to paper presentation (kind of pricey though, paperpresentation.com). whatever you do, avoid kate's paperie (pretentious crowd, extremely overpriced). online you can also search greer chicago (jessica's favorite, greerchicago.com).