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Welcome to Racked's first annual Travel Week. Through Friday, roughly half of our content will be devoted to everything you need to know about traveling to and from New York City—whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, killing time at the airport, or planning the ultimate staycation.
We've all been there: Your parents/brother/old college roommate is coming for a visit, and you're playing the tour guide. They want a taste of New York City, but you're having nightmares about trudging through Times Square. No need to fear—there is a happy medium.
National retail chains like Sephora and H&M may have just discovered Brooklyn, but the borough has been filled with great shopping for years, with no shortage of pop-up flea markets, artisanal soap shops, craft beer bars, beautiful brownstones, and leafy parks. Park Slope hits all of these qualifiers and more. Stroll through Prospect Park, snack on locally sourced cheese, and discover some hidden-treasure boutiques.—Courtney Iseman
Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store: Annie's is one of Park Slope's crafty, homespun, artisanal shops, but like each of these boutiques, it manages to stand out with a completely unique inventory. Find gifts for others and treats for you; there are old-school general store favorites like candy and pinwheels, kitchenware, jewelry, home goods, beauty products, books and even items for pets.232 Fifth Avenue near President Street .
Cog & Pearl: The name demonstrates the differing ends of the inventory's spectrum: Cog & Pearl, owned by a husband and wife, keeps both men and women happy with ties, home goods, jewelry, handbags, stationery, and much more. Most items are handmade and one-of-a-kind, and feature information on the artist behind them, so you'll feel like you're shopping an insider craft fair. 190 Fifth Avenue between Berkeley Place and Union Street.
Rivet: Brooklyn's local-driven, artisanal movement makes a store like Rivet a no-brainer. Clothing and accessories are minimalist, with the focus falling on craftsmanship, quality and fit. Rivet is stocked with updated wardrobe essentials for both guys and girls: American-made denim, crisp cotton shirts, delicate geometric jewelry, buttery leather totes, and cozy cashmere knits. 103 Seventh Avenue between Union and President Street.
Sweet Charity: A paradise of organized clutter, Sweet Charity is a favorite among the locals because of its one-stop-shopping appeal for all things charming, crafty, unique and/or stylish. From handmade jewelry, pajamas, manicure sets, and buttery leather totes to candles, picture frames, dinnerware, stationery and bike accessories, you and your visitors will leave with special souvenirs, gifts and self indulgences. 411 Seventh Avenue between 13th and 14th Street.
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If you have three hours
A.Cheng: A.Cheng is designed to feel like shopping a friend's closet, so you'll feel free to take your time picking out and trying on beautifully tailored, flattering pieces that are perfect for everyday. 152 Fifth Avenue between Degraw and Douglass Streets.
Bird: The Park Slope store is one of three Bird outposts throughout the borough, run by "Brooklyn-look" definer Jen Mankins. The stock ranges from (relatively) affordable to high-end, and from breakout designer to well-known—with merchandise like Jerome Dreyfuss bags, Thakoon Addition dresses, shredded Raquel Allegra tees, and Winifred Grace jewelry. 316 Fifth Avenue between Second and Third Streets.
Eponymy. Photo by William Chan
If you have thirty minutes
Eponymy: This Bergen Street boutique carries wardrobe staples from a range of contemporary brands, like Dunderdon, Matt Bernson, Mink Pink, Giles & Brothers, and more. The shop's offerings include everything from jewelry to jeans to shoes, as well as something extra special: an adorable French bulldog, named Lady Bianca Miller. 466 Bergen Street near Flatbush Avenue.