New York’s epicenter of cool lays on craft breweries, warehouse-style hotels and ready-to-rummage vintage stores, especially along its main artery.
The Brooklyn district of Williamsburg might never shake off its reputation as the crucible of the hipster boom that sent a shockwave of fixie bikes, avocado toast and sculpted facial hair rippling around the world. While gentrification has squeezed out many of the pioneering scenesters who first put it on the map, it remains one of the coolest and engaging ‘hoods in New York. Along its main artery, Bedford Avenue, you can still find the Williamsburg spirit percolating through its indie fashion boutiques, craft breweries, artisan coffee shops and on-point places to stay, bookable with Culture Trip.
It’s a fair assumption that Balkan cuisine doesn’t appear on most culinary radars, but we all know Williamsburg likes to push the envelope, and a meal at Terasa North Ninth is sure to register on yours. A few blocks from the park, this elegantly styled eatery draws from old family recipes, with a fresh contemporary twist. A menu highlight among herbivores is their vegan charcuterie board: a beautifully presented combination of crunchy house-pickled veggies paired creamy spreads and freshly baked focaccia.
Owner Wendy Chun looks to her native Korea and its neighboring countries for designer fashion pieces to populate this fab little boutique. It largely specializes in one-of-a-kind vintage items: clothes are grouped by color, plus there’s a tightly curated selection of handbags, jewelry and shoes to browse. A Bedford Avenue fixture since 2007, it’s fair to say Think Closet has been one of Williamsburg’s top fashion influencers for longer than most.
What started in 2006 as a little market stall in Perth, Australia, found a new, more permanent home on Bedford Avenue in 2012. It carries a colorful range of pre-loved vintage clothing, mostly from the seventies and eighties for both men and women. You can rifle through a good range of accessories, too, including designer handbags, belts and sunglasses. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, they’ve opened a couple other stores in Greenpoint, an easy stroll away.