Lately I’ve been eating my way around Brooklyn, and spending long afternoons in Prospect Park, but New York’s other great pastime – shopping! - can’t be beat along Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
Boerum Hill is a tiny brownstone neighborhood just south of Brooklyn Heights (and probably best known as the former home of Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams). Its main thoroughfare, Atlantic Avenue, has become a chic main street to the tony adjacent ‘hoods with its new Barney’s Co-op, Jonathan Adler, Steve Alan and, more importantly, tons of cool, locally owned boutiques. Here are a few shops with great design (and – I couldn’t resist – a place to stop for a bite).
Eco-chic home shop (above) filled with luxury linens, ceramics and furniture all with earthy textures, clean design and muted colors.
What I Wanted: Mud Ceramics bowls is soft pink and gray, Yoshi hand towels and Libeco linen sheets.
SHOP: Eva Gentry Consignment
Great designer consignment shop filled with all sorts of gems.
What I Wanted: Mark Jacobs ivory bag, Prada hot pink suede heels.
Beautiful shop (left) with colorful Indian textiles (towels, sheets, shams), tunics the owner designs and lovely gold jewelry, some antique, some the owner designs.
What I Want: The delicate, gold chandelier earings.
SHOP: Malia Mills
Amazing retro-inspired swim suits and accessories in cool colors. Fit great, looked great and I love that they use real customers to model their suits.
What I Wanted: Starlet hatler one-piece in black (although I wish it came in their awesome eggplant color) or Dionne shirred one-piece, which does come in the eggplant.
The cutest kids shop that ever was (left) with an eco-fairy-woodlands feel. Wooden toys, fabric tents, European-style kids clothes, fabric mobiles, custom art.
What I Wanted: Fuchsia wool, German-style hat, silver leather maryjane shoes, mushroom nightlight.
EAT: Building on Bond
Architects designed and opened this cool coffee shop/bar/cafe. Its recycled, eco-industrial-schoolhouse looks like it’s been pieced together artfully from the scraps. They’ve got a DJ station with records, free wi-fi (so its great spot to sit and do some work), and strong coffee. The ideal late afternoon stop after shopping. Plus, it’s two-blocks from where Heath and Michelle lived so you can see how the celebs live in Brooklyn after your latte.
What I Got: Coffee. Ahh…