Let’s say you’ve got one of those rare, laissez-faire afternoons and there are no snowstorms in sight. You’re determined to spend the time off the couch, away from the computer, and go somewhere other than Morningside Heights or Washington Square Park.
In the New Year, hit the reset button on your sense of adventure. Head over yonder to that artsy gentrified borough you hear a lot about but never actually experienced first hand. Ergo, for you college cats out there, we’re parlaying an old safe routine into a new shiny one. In the second of three installments, here are five affordable and easily accessible hot spots for shopping in Brooklyn.
(Say it again with us now, off the couch, away from the computer.)
Nearest subway: F train to York Street; A/C train to High Street
Starting January 9, 2010, the Brooklyn Flea of Fort Greene will resume indoors, inside the second tallest building in the outer boroughs. On your way to the new shopping space at the Williamsburg Savings Bank, pick up some hot chocolate from the original Jacques Torres and follow the cobblestones to the pop-up market for a shopping selection resembling a glam version of grandmother’s attic. On the way is the powerHouse Arena, powerHouse publishing’s highbrow bookstore and arts scene, where there’s always some hip happening afoot.
Brooklyn Flea Winter Market
One Hanson Place
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm
Jacques Torres 66 Water Street; 718.875.9772
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sundays, 10am-6pm
37 Main Street; 718.666.3049
Hours: Weekdays, 10am-7pm; Weekends 11am-7pm
Nearest subway: L train to Bedford Avenue
Whether you shop vintage for style or environmental concerns, Williamsburg is a must-visit for vintage shopping. You can take your pick of the trendy vintage stores, which range from the very cheap to the very expensive, or try your luck at an authentic no-frills thrift store like the Salvation Army on Bedford Avenue. Two neighboring shops on Driggs Avenue, Buffalo Exchange and Monk Vintage Thrift Shop, are great venues to begin your rummage spree.
504 Driggs Avenue; 718.384.6901
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday 12pm-7pm
Monk Vintage Thrift Shop
496 Driggs Avenue; 718.384.6665
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11am-8pm; Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm