Written by Ashley Gartland
Take a Walking Tour of This Trendy
New York City Borough
Manhattan may entice travelers with Broadway shows, designer shops, and
one-of-a-kind tourist attractions. But the bright lights of the big city aren’t the only reason tourists are flocking to New York anymore. In recent years,
Brooklyn has emerged as a popular travel destination as well, thanks to its
artsy culture and ever-growing assortment of shops, restaurants, and boutique
From picklers to apron artisans, Brooklyn is known for its independent producers. Here are five products that let
you bring a small piece of the borough home.
Apotheke Soaps and Candles
Apotheke uses only the best ingredients (think essential oils and cotton wicks)
to make their small batch soaps and clean-burning candles. Try the sage, green
tea, and lemongrass soap and the floral Signature candle. www.apothekeco.com
Brooklyn Brine Co.’s Pickles
Handcrafted pickles from Brooklyn Brine Co. redefine what a pickle can be with
flavors such as maple bourbon bread and butter pickles. www.brooklynbrine.com
Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters
Upgrade your cocktail game with the standout bitters from this seasonally driven
bitters company. Although there are plenty to choose from, consider the popular
Black Mission Fig variety. www.brooklynbitters.com
franny’s: Simple Seasonal
Bring modern Italian dishes from a beloved Brooklyn restaurant home care of
franny’s long-awaited cookbook. www.frannysbrooklyn.com
Stanley & Sons Aprons
Made by the grandson of an apron maker, Stanley & Sons’ leather-and-denim aprons promise style and craftsmanship in one well-made package. www.apronandbag.com
Though each of Brooklyn’s distinct neighborhoods has its charms, Williamsburg is one of the most
desirable, interesting, and accessible options for tourists to visit. Located
on the Brooklyn waterfront just a quick subway ride from lower Manhattan, this
hipster haven caters to artistic types, gastronomes, and cool-seekers alike
with a pleasing blend of boutiques, coffee bars, independent restaurants,
artisan markets, and trendy hangouts like the buzzworthy Wythe Hotel.
The seventy-room Wythe Hotel opened in 2012 in the home of a former cooperage
near the Williamsburg waterfront. Inside and out, the owners smartly preserved
the building’s industrial character, marrying original elements like arched windows and pine
beams with more modern touches. A stay here is also defined by well-thought
amenities from radiant-heat cement floors and seasonally sourced mini-bar
offerings in the rooms to meals at Reynard, the ground floor market-driven
restaurant helmed by trailblazing Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow.
Beyond Reynard—and Tarlow’s impressive portfolio of prominent restaurants—tourists can eat very well in Brooklyn from sunup to sundown. In Williamsburg in
particular, travelers might start the day at Bakeri, a tiny artisanal bakery
where, weather permitting, they can linger on a peaceful back patio with an
espresso and scratch-made brioche roll. Later in the day, look to Caracas Arepa
Bar for a taste of true Venezuelan arepas (flatbreads made from ground maize
then stuffed with irresistible fillings). Or head to Pies ‘n’ Thighs for Southern-leaning American dishes such as crispy fried chicken and
waffles, Carolina pulled pork, and fresh-baked pies.
You can work up an appetite (or walk off those meals) with a stroll along the
neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Bedford Avenue. Stop by Catbird to browse the iconic
jewelry shop’s carefully curated selection of pieces or pop into In God We Trust for homespun
American-made clothing, accessories, and home goods. Shoppers looking to bring
a taste of Brooklyn’s culinary artisans home will also find reason to stop for edible souvenirs at
the Bedford Cheese Shop or venture just beyond the main strip to Mast Brothers
Alternatively, consider visiting the Brooklyn Flea. Founded in 2008, this weekly
artisan market features hundreds of top local and regional vendors and changes
location depending on the day of the week. (It pops up near Williamsburg’s East River State Park every Sunday through late November.) Browse booths
filled with vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, art, and antique furniture then
head over to the artisan food vendors for a sweet treat like a gourmet dulce de
leche doughnut from Dough.
Sharon Medairy, RealtorŪ
Real Estate Source, Inc.
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