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WHAT TO DO IN… BROOKLYN

Manhattan may have once been the epicenter of all things cool, the ONLY place to be in the days of Carrie Bradshaw. But, as it turns out, Miranda was the one we should have listened to all along. Just a hop, skip, and a grueling train journey from the garden of skyscrapers is Brooklyn, the safe haven where all the artists fled when the downtown area priced them out of the market. And, wouldn’t you know, where the artists go, thriving communities are sure to follow. Now the big question: where do you go in the cultural commune outside the city that never sleeps? April Hennig, President at Jonathan Simkhai, has the answer. “Brooklyn was my home for 7 years and I still consider myself a local. While it's been refined over recent years, it has a mix of old-world charm and industrial grit, mixed with cultural diversity, local artisans, trendy shops, craft cocktail bars and a flourishing culinary scene.” How could we possibly refuse? We can’t. So, let’s sink our teeth into some of April’s most cherished destinations.

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Brooklyn style is…

The NYC look is one most of us have some familiarity with, but April gives us the insider’s take: “Since the days always bleed into the nights, New Yorkers have the innate knack for dressing for both practical and stylish, but a few things that are never out of place: A structured coat, power suit, a statement shoe and bag, and even though it's a cliché, all black.” But what about the Brooklyn look? How does it differ? 'It's independent, liberating, and comfortable. Brooklynites care a lot more about supporting indie labels and sustainable collections, and also buying repurposed or vintage. Gender fluid, distressed denim, utility jumpsuits, sneakers and flats — all day, every day.”

Amarcord Vintage Fashion

“It’s small and curated, you can find anything from printed vintage dresses to Chanel bags.”

Lilia

“Drink at Nowadays in Bushwick, then to Williamsburg for Roberta’s Pizza, Lilia or Diner —the original farm to table spot that opened in the ‘90s — or Vinegar Hill House in Dumbo for dinner.”

Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Heights Promenade

“At the garden, no matter what season, from December crab apples to spring cherry blossoms, you get to escape to a greener side of city life. But, the promenade is one of the most relaxing and beautiful spots. It's a pedestrian walkway along the Brooklyn Heights waterfront lined with old townhouses and has the most iconic view of lower Manhattan.”

THE BROOKLYN LOOK

“My classic New York look is a combination of comfortable, androgynous and sexy enough to go to dinner in. Vegan leather trousers, square toe heels, oversized knit, a cross-body bag, and pack layers!!”

Blue cashmere sweater

BEST COFFEE

Bakeri, Williamsburg

“My favorite spot to sit and hang is Bakeri, a small cozy Scandinavian coffee spot.”

BEST FOR LUNCH 

Di an Di, Greenpoint

“It's a Vietnamese restaurant with six types of pho and has such a beautiful interior.“ 

BEAUTY SECRETS

Shen Beauty, Carroll Gardens

“It’s a mecca for organic beauty products. They also have a full service menu for facials, body waxing, reiki and more.”

BEST SHOPS

Spoonbill & Sugartown Books and Brooklyn Grange

“The bookstore is a step back in time, and offers a mix of rare, used and new books and poetry. While Brooklyn Grange is a rooftop farm that promotes sustainable living. You can do a farm dinner in the summer, or yoga on the roof.”

MUST-VISIT LOCALES

Dumbo Waterfront

“With cobblestone streets, the iconic carousel, and little shops and galleries, now home to the new Soho Dumbo House, it's an area not to be missed on a trip to Brooklyn.”