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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.

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1. Friends

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56 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 386-6279
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Step off the L train at Morgan Avenue, walk across the street to the big neon hand, and find yourself in a sea of yin yang earrings, ‘90s vintage, Jeffrey Campbell platforms, and anything else you might need to emerge a Bushwick prince/ss. The self-professed “indie department store,” co-owned by designer Mary Meyer, has a wide range of affordable mens and womenswear as well as home goods and gifts, all filtered through a distinctly B-wick cool.
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2. Urban Jungle

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118 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 381-8510
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Urban Jungle is the biggest location from L Train Vintage, the micro-chain with secondhand shops throughout Brooklyn and the East Village (its other Bushwick location is at 1377 Dekalb Avenue, BTW). What L Train does so well is going deep with what people want — Levi’s, leather jackets, tropical shirts, what have you — with dozens and dozens of sizes, fits, and colors. Given its massive footprint, Urban Jungle takes that selection to the next level.
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3. Troll Hole

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118 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(312) 613-5638
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This is Bushwick delivering exactly what you want out of it: a collectively-owned, pro-intersectional, sex-positive ‘zine shop in the back of a laundromat. Browse uncensored, DIY art and lit from vibrant voices, and pick up a bear-shaped bottle of glow-in-the-dark lube if you feel so inclined.

4. Mobile Vintage Shop

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25 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
As the name suggests, this is a store on wheels; a trailer that’s been outfitted internally with clothing racks and accessory shelves. As you’ll soon learn from the banner hanging outside, everything is ten bucks. It’s open late — “11-ish” — and positioned steps from Roberta’s, making it a fine way to kill time waiting for a table.

5. Martin Greenfield Clothiers

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239 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(800) 815-1522
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A bespoke suit from Martin Greenfield requires an appointment (and a lot of dough) but we can’t talk clothes in Bushwick without mentioning the legend. The man survived the Holocaust, bought his employer’s business after ascending from floorboy to design VP, has outfitted presidents from Eisenhower to Obama, and, most recently, joined Instagram.
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6. Fox & Fawn

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222 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 366-6814
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The door to this lower-level buy/sell/trade shop is down a short alleyway; blink and you might miss it. Shoppers, you’ll find hand-picked vintage (mostly ‘70s — ’90s) and designer shoes, clothing, and accessories. Sellers, you’ll find 35% cash or 55% credit for your wares, which is five percent higher than any other spot in the city. (Speaking of, there’s a Beacon’s Closet just around the corner, at 23 Bogart Street.)
Photo: Fox & Fawn

7. Catland

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987 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 418-9393
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Ah, “Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique and event space.” Arrive open-minded to shop tarot decks and ritual tools, as well as books on the matter. The store has what it deems in-house magicians, too, who can help you design a spiritual ritual or concoct a custom spell candle.
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8. Worship

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117 Wilson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 484-3660
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Worship is the most boutique-y buy/sell/trade shop you’ll set foot in, with blonde wood floors, lots of light, and thoughtful merchandising. The tables and racks are filled — but not stuffed! — with true vintage, mostly priced $20 to $50. FYI, if you want to sell you’ll need to make an appointment in advance either by phone or in store.
Photo: Worship

9. Molasses Books

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770 Hart St
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(347) 715-5035
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Browse really, really inexpensive used books (until midnight!) in this small storefront which doubles as a coffee shop, triples as a bar, and quadruples as an event space.

10. 28 Scott Vintage

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28 Scott Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(404) 263-8550
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This is the static extension of the Mobile Vintage Shop. Like its predecessor, pretty much everything is $10, including clothes, accessories, records, and books. Despite being underground, it’s a warm space that welcomes hanging out with seating and gratis whiskey.
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1. Friends

56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Photo: Driely S. for Racked
Step off the L train at Morgan Avenue, walk across the street to the big neon hand, and find yourself in a sea of yin yang earrings, ‘90s vintage, Jeffrey Campbell platforms, and anything else you might need to emerge a Bushwick prince/ss. The self-professed “indie department store,” co-owned by designer Mary Meyer, has a wide range of affordable mens and womenswear as well as home goods and gifts, all filtered through a distinctly B-wick cool.
56 Bogart St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

2. Urban Jungle

118 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Photo: Urban Jungle
Urban Jungle is the biggest location from L Train Vintage, the micro-chain with secondhand shops throughout Brooklyn and the East Village (its other Bushwick location is at 1377 Dekalb Avenue, BTW). What L Train does so well is going deep with what people want — Levi’s, leather jackets, tropical shirts, what have you — with dozens and dozens of sizes, fits, and colors. Given its massive footprint, Urban Jungle takes that selection to the next level.
118 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

3. Troll Hole

118 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
This is Bushwick delivering exactly what you want out of it: a collectively-owned, pro-intersectional, sex-positive ‘zine shop in the back of a laundromat. Browse uncensored, DIY art and lit from vibrant voices, and pick up a bear-shaped bottle of glow-in-the-dark lube if you feel so inclined.
118 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

4. Mobile Vintage Shop

25 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
As the name suggests, this is a store on wheels; a trailer that’s been outfitted internally with clothing racks and accessory shelves. As you’ll soon learn from the banner hanging outside, everything is ten bucks. It’s open late — “11-ish” — and positioned steps from Roberta’s, making it a fine way to kill time waiting for a table.
25 Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

5. Martin Greenfield Clothiers

239 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Photo: NYCEDC
A bespoke suit from Martin Greenfield requires an appointment (and a lot of dough) but we can’t talk clothes in Bushwick without mentioning the legend. The man survived the Holocaust, bought his employer’s business after ascending from floorboy to design VP, has outfitted presidents from Eisenhower to Obama, and, most recently, joined Instagram.
239 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

6. Fox & Fawn

222 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Photo: Fox & Fawn
The door to this lower-level buy/sell/trade shop is down a short alleyway; blink and you might miss it. Shoppers, you’ll find hand-picked vintage (mostly ‘70s — ’90s) and designer shoes, clothing, and accessories. Sellers, you’ll find 35% cash or 55% credit for your wares, which is five percent higher than any other spot in the city. (Speaking of, there’s a Beacon’s Closet just around the corner, at 23 Bogart Street.)
222 Varet St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

7. Catland

987 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Photo: Catland Books
Ah, “Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique and event space.” Arrive open-minded to shop tarot decks and ritual tools, as well as books on the matter. The store has what it deems in-house magicians, too, who can help you design a spiritual ritual or concoct a custom spell candle.
987 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

8. Worship

117 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Photo: Worship
Worship is the most boutique-y buy/sell/trade shop you’ll set foot in, with blonde wood floors, lots of light, and thoughtful merchandising. The tables and racks are filled — but not stuffed! — with true vintage, mostly priced $20 to $50. FYI, if you want to sell you’ll need to make an appointment in advance either by phone or in store.
117 Wilson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

9. Molasses Books

770 Hart St, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Browse really, really inexpensive used books (until midnight!) in this small storefront which doubles as a coffee shop, triples as a bar, and quadruples as an event space.
770 Hart St
Brooklyn, NY 11237

10. 28 Scott Vintage

28 Scott Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Photo: 28 Scott
This is the static extension of the Mobile Vintage Shop. Like its predecessor, pretty much everything is $10, including clothes, accessories, records, and books. Despite being underground, it’s a warm space that welcomes hanging out with seating and gratis whiskey.
28 Scott Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237