Location: New York
It’s the kind of tiny treasure that you can only find in Manhattan. Tucked in a landmark Greenwich Village building, the Bergino Baseball Clubhouseis dedicated to the notion that — never mind soccer — baseball is truly the beautiful game.
Bergino makes baseballs — beautiful baseballs. At Bergino (named for Jay Goldberg and his founding partner, creative director Tony Palladino), you can buy leather baseballs embossed with the U.S. Constitution, holiday decorations, The New York Times crossword puzzle, and maps of great baseball cities like Boston, Chicago ... and Jerusalem?Bergino baseballs come in colors and camouflage and even suede; they tout messages, like “Believe,” “Love,” “Peace” and even “It’s a Boy” (or girl).
And the clubhouse offers so much more — cuff links, pens and wallets made from game-used major league baseballs and vintage ballpark seats; rare, one-of-a-kind items; original baseball-themed pieces from premier artists and framed vintage magazines.
Even if you don’t want to buy anything, take a seat on the wood bleachers and watch whatever game or baseball program is on television. You will feel yourself a part of the pastime.