By Devon Butler
I’ve lived in Downtown Brooklyn for about a month now, so I think that qualifies me to write about it.
Before moving to Brooklyn I was single-mindedly Manhattan. I have to take a train or two to get somewhere? No thanks. But oh, was I wrong. Moving to Brooklyn has been amazing, not just because I’m living in a nicer apartment, but because it’s given me the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere I’d been craving.
Full disclosure, Downtown Brooklyn itself is fine, but it’s not “West Village” cute. But what’s so wonderful, is that walking 10 minutes in any direction will take you into an adorably unique -and cute- neighbourhood (that’s way better than the West Village).
Whether you’re visiting New York and don’t know what to do once you cross the Brooklyn Bridge, you’re a Manhattan-only person or fail to venture outside Williamsburg – this is your guide to Downtown Brooklyn.
My apartment sits above the brand new City Point complex which houses a Century 21, Target, Flying Tiger, Domino pop-up and promises much more to come. Down the street on Fulton Mall you’ll find T.J Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Outlet, Macy’s, Express Outlet…yes I’m super poor now, why do you ask?
If boutique shopping is more your style, head a few blocks to Bond street and visit the quaint Foyer Vintage Store for unique gems and friendly service. Once you hit Atlantic you’ll be overwhelmed with adorable furniture stores like Collier West, cityFoundry, and Greenhouse & Co, upscale consignment shops and Steven Alan boutiques.
Get your nails done at Ruchki da Nozhki. If not for the Instagram opportunity alone, the service is an impeccable, relaxing and an elevated mani/pedi experience. Keep treating yourself, stroll down to Atelier Cologne and pick out a new perfume or candle.
Hit up Brooklyn Fare for fresh produce, a drool-worthy cheese selection and just about everything else you could ever want. Trader Joe’s, which just opened in the City Point complex, for all your favorites and G&I Wines & Spirits for a good alcohol selection and decent prices.
There are so many restaurants within a 5 mile radius of where I live that it stressed me out immensely, I want to try them all. Dekalb Market Hall, which just opened at City Point, is a foodie’s dream. Pierogi Boys, Wilma Jean and Cafe D’Avingnon are some of my favorites.
Walter’s, sits on the corner of Fort Greene park and is a picture-perfect spot for brunch and cocktails. One of my favorite Sunday activities has been getting Doughnut Plant donuts and strolling into Prospect Park to eat them.
Wait! I can’t forget Junior’s. The best cheesecake in New York . This place is huge and also has a fab club sandwich and the best Mozzarella Sticks ever.
What are your favourite Brooklyn hotspots?