This past month for me has been so crazy and I am just now starting to settle down from the high of it all. From testing out the new waters in LA, to flying to Chicago for 36 hours for an event with Small Girls, to flying back to Las Vegas to check out the renovation of the Palms Casino Resort to flying back to NYC and THEN training down to DC for my sister’s wedding. Let’s just say i’ve been working on empty for the past month. Plus my laundry and suitcase pile up doesn’t look too hot either. But coming back to New York this week has been bittersweet for me. I am reminded of all of the the things I love about New York and all of the little spots around Brooklyn that have become my home away from home. With this nostalgia in my brain, I wanted to do a little write-up about some of the places in BK I will miss the most. For those of you visiting New York or if you already live here, you are welcome for these little hidden gems I am giving you 🙂
If you love being a female, can get down with politics and are hyped to support planned parenthood just by shopping, this store is for you. I found myself wondering in one day and left an hour later with all of the female empowerment slogans and t’s I could get my hands on. After becoming “internet friends” with one of the founders, Ali, I have loved following along on their insane journey of opening up their new flagship store in Union Square. You all HAVE to check it their series with Inc. which shows the ‘BTS’ of the store opening – v interesting.
About 2 months after I moved into my first little apartment in Williamsburg (3 girls in a 1 bedroom) a cute little cupcake shop opened up downstairs. Don’t worry climbing up my 5 story flight of stairs helped work off all of the cupcakes I would subsequently consume. I soon found out that they were from Charlottesville, Virginia (my home state) and would find myself down their often on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, reading next to the open window and enhailing my fare share of mini confetti cupcakes, grilled cheeses and cappuccinos. It has an old school vibe with gorgeous natural lighting (side note: it is a REALLY cute place to take Instagram pics!)
UGHHH I am seriously struggling to write about this one because it is one of my favorite V low key spots in Bushwick. The outdoor patio seating is amazing and their food is SO GOOD. For some reason, I feel like it hasn’t been “discovered” yet so there isn’t usually a crowd (like every other place in the city). They also have an underground dance club at night, which is where we celebrated Courtney’s Birthday and it can get pretty rowdy.
My vintage mecca and where I will miss buying all of the vintage levis for $5. While you do have to dig through a bunch of stuff, the finds are pretty amazing and super cheap. I have stayed away from the vintage stores in Manhattan because gross shirts will have a price tag of up to $50 and personally I don’t get it. I suggest going there early on a Saturday or Sunday cause it can get pretty crowded with BK hipsters and you’ll suddenly find yourself fighting over a pair of John Deere overalls you never knew you needed.