Brooklyn is one of my all-time favorite cities and in my twenties I often thought that I would end up living there. There's a blend of historic old world and new young energy that I've never seen anywhere else. Being in Brooklyn I feel like I'm among my kind of people. I'm all about thrifting and embracing "old" things in a new way. I also love super healthy and trendy eateries. Both of these are right up Brooklyn's alley. To sum it all up (and at the risk of sounding dorky), I feel that Williamsburg was the birthplace of the "hipster" and I am totally a hipster at heart.
When I was packing my suitcase for our trip, I didn't realize at the time that this outfit looks very "girly motorcycle chick." I mostly just really wanted to wear this AMAZING leather jacket I found thrifting. It's from the brand Theory and originally retails for up to $1,000 (yes, 4 figures!). The leather is so buttery soft and the lining is a wool and silk blend. When I came across it thrifting I was beside myself with excitement, and I paid no more than $40 for it! Score! My Madewell jeans and BB Dakota turtleneck are also thrifted from Swap.
If you're planning a trip to Brooklyn, check out some of my favorite spots:
- Beacon's Closet - I first found this curated thrift store in 2010 and it has since grown to multiple locations all over NYC. I still have a vintage clutch that I love from Beacon's.
- SEA - Have you ever watched the episode of Sex and the City where Samantha meets boyfriend Smith at RAW restaurant? Well in real life it is a delicious Thai restaurant in Brooklyn. The scenery is colorful and glam (just like in the show), and the food is delicious!
- Rooftop Bars and Restaurants - If you're visiting Brooklyn in the summer, the best trade off for those hot muggy days are the warm evenings. I went to a rooftop bar one summer in NYC and I remember just being in awe of the views (I wish I could remember the name of the place but it was so long ago). According to Brooklyn Magazine, here are the top 7 rooftop bars in Brooklyn.
- Greenpoint - Take the subway G train to Greenpoint, it's the perfect drop-off spot in Brooklyn. When I get off on this stop, I love to walk around the city streets and just explore. For lack of a better descriptive word, it's a very "hipster" neighborhood.
- Brooklyn Promenade - On this walkway you're standing right at the edge of the Hudson River which gives you incredible Manhattan skyline views. If you're in NYC during the 4th of July, you'll get front row seats to an awesome fireworks show on the Promenade!
- Brooklyn Heights - The streets in this area of the city are full of historical and awe-worthy brownstones. One can only dream of living in homes like these.
- McCarren Park in the Fall - Being a California girl, I don't get to see many leaves change color in my hometown (we have mostly evergreen trees). In MCarren Park there are so many trees which make it really beautiful in the fall when the foliage turns colors. Click to see the gorgeous fall colors from my Autumn NYC trip last year.
- Walk Across Brooklyn Bridge - It wasn't until about my tenth visit to NYC that I walked across the bridge and when I finally did I wondered why I waited so long. As you can see from the photos in this blog post, the city views are awesome!
- Clark's Comfort Food - After walking across the bridge and strolling down the Promenade our feet were ready for a rest. We needed a warm place to rest and refuel for a bit. We happened to stumble upon Clark's Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights and it was just what we needed. We warmed up with cups of hot coco (see pics below) and ate rich spaghetti bolognese. My boyfriend swears it was the best spaghetti he's ever had in his life!
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