One of the many things I have come to love about Brooklyn is the shopping. I’m a huge supporter of shopping locally, and fortunately, this area does not disappoint.
Greenpoint has blossomed into one of the next new “it” neighborhoods (partly thanks to Girls, amirite?!). Luckily, I snagged a spot just in time. With the addition of new bars and restaurants sprinkled among quaint tree-lined residential areas offset by urban industrial warehouses, the influx of new residents and interested developers has increased rather dramatically in a short period of time. Two new bars are due to open on my block any day now.
But back to shopping. Franklin Street, in particular, boasts a number of noteworthy options. I remember strolling down Franklin nearly two years ago, when I first viewed what would become my future living space, and reveling in the quiet busyness of the block. I had a good feeling about the area. There were cafes, tiny restaurants, boutiques and 24-hour bodegas all steps away from the apartment.
Now I call Greenpoint home and am discovering all of its nooks and crannies.
Greenpoint shopping at-a-glance:
- Raised By Wolves (R.B.W.): Thoughtfully curated men’s and women’s fine designer duds. R.B.W. is a little out of my price range, but I still take a peek from time to time, especially when there’s a sale. Having a thing for wolves, obviously I find its namesake appealing.
- Dalaga: Great spot for labels like BB Dakota, Ark & Co and more. Stocks classic and trendy pieces plus an array of accessories. I bought my favorite horse-print shorts from here. Just enough whimsy!
- Alter: Stocks Cheap Monday, Mink Pink, Dear Creatures, Jeffery Campbell, PVBLIC, Courtshop Jeans and more. The women’s store is on one side of Franklin and the men’s store on the other side. Budget-friendly. This is my Loose Threads Boutique standby when I can’t get home to Bethlehem.
- In God We Trust: I remember first learning about In God We Trust back in Bethlehem where Apotheca carried its rings and necklaces. I was stoked to learn In God We Trust had a store in Greenpoint. A great place to pick up a unique gift for someone special.
- Old Hollywood: Half of the time, I stop in Old Hollywood just to view the beautiful displays (seriously, they’re like no other). I usually shop here for jewelry or artisan scents from West Third Brand.
- OAK: I can thank my friend Christine for introducing me to OAK. Formerly located in Williamsburg, OAK boasts a collection of goods for the minimalist in New York City’s quintessential color: black. I bought a gorgeous backless dress here, which reminds me, I should find a reason to wear it again.
- The Thing: A jam-packed consignment store where I snagged the coolest silk windbreaker-style coat. Great spot to dig through seemingly endless piles of vinyl.