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There is no J.Crew in Bushwick. There's no Sephora, no Uniqlo, no Whole Foods, no Urban Outfitters. Despite all other markings of rapid gentrification — condos, cocktail bars, a Crossfit box — Bushwick has remained largely untouched by corporate retail. That's a pretty rare thing in North Brooklyn, making the neighborhood one of the last for discovering truly independent stores operated by young people with fresh ideas.
Here, you'll find a super-affordable vintage store on wheels, a ‘zine shop in the back of a laundromat, the buy/sell/trade spot with the highest seller compensation in the city, and a used bookstore open ‘til midnight — if you know where to look. Check this map next time you need relief from Zara and Madewell and discover some of the city's most unique stores in the peculiar enclave of Bushwick.Read More