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Brooklyn Heights sometimes gets overlooked for the waterfront views of neighboring DUMBO. But not far from the allure of Brooklyn Bridge Park lay the brownstones, cobblestone streets, under-the-radar restaurants, and can't-miss boutiques of this neighborhood—no wonder it's a favorite of A-listers looking to settle down. Ahead, how we'd spend a day filled with brunch, boutiques, barre, and more.
Colonie (127 Atlantic Avenue) reflects the neighborhood with its modern yet rustic décor—an invitingly warm contrast of exposed brick and sleek wood. The menu is equally hip, and, more importantly, delicious, with locally sourced ingredients. Feast on a cheese spread and then dig into shrimp and grits, a leek and gruyere scramble, or duck hash—and make sure to indulge in the doughnuts with seasonal jam, Nutella, salted caramel custard, and peanut butter.
Marissa Alperin Studio (25 State Street). You might want to start with one investment piece at a time here, but these designs are treasure-forever indulgences. Luxe up your everyday look with cuffs, bangles, charm necklaces, cocktail rings, and drop earrings embellished with precious stones.
Brooklyn Women’s Exchange (55 Pierrepont Street) is described as an Etsy where you can touch everything, and that description isn’t far off. The store curates unique items from local artisans and has amassed a range of handcrafted treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Since the focus here is on women’s accessories, home accents, and children's wear, it's perfect for picking up a gift and something for yourself in one swoop.
Jarontiques (117 Atlantic Avenue) have been collecting rare finds for years, so their store feels like stepping into an antique expert’s hidden archives. You’ll find mid-century and Danish furniture in perfect condition, plus home goods, kitchenware and even Folk art. Items here are artful statement pieces, yet their minimalist vibe make them a seamless fit for any home."
Tango(145 Montague Street) has been an institution in the neighborhood for years, thanks to its timeless selection that appeals to the work and play wardrobes of a sophisticated Brooklyn dresser. Shop tees from <b>Splendid</b>, sweaters from Vince, suits from Theory and shoes from Stuart Weitzman, plus lingerie and handbags.
The focus is on menswear at Goose Barnacle (91 Atlantic Avenue), but that doesn't mean ladies should skip this spot. Not only can you shop for a guy in your life, but you can also pick up some borrowed-from-the-boys staples, like eye-catching printed shirts from Soulland that men and women alike have been lining up for. In addition to effortless essentials from several Scandinavian brands, the store also features a modern art gallery with rotating exhibitions.
Start working toward that dancer's body with a session at Xtend Barre (147 Remsen Street). Each class incorporates Pilates and dance for a workout that slims and tones without adding bulky muscle. With classes ranging from beginner to advanced, have some fun dancing and see the benefits of serious sculpting—no matter your fitness background.
A trip to this neighborhood isn't complete without a walk on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (BQE between Joralemon Street and Grace Court) adorned stunning views of Manhattan's skyline. On your way, stop by Vineapple (71 Pineapple Street) to pick up Stumptown coffee and delectable baked goods from Colson Patisserie. You can take a break in the café's comfortable setting and browse through one of the books they keep around, or take your caffeine fix right to the promenade.
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