As Williamsburg rapidly loses its “edge” in the face of rapid and seemingly unstoppable gentrification, the hipsters are forced to move further into the interior of Brooklyn in their desperate escape from the mainstream. While Bushwick is the next step in this battle for gentrification, it remains one of the trendiest areas in New York City, and is filled with amazing street art, great bars and plenty of cool indie shops that are any hipster’s dream come true. I recently came across an article that lists the best stores in Bushwick, listed below:
Better than Jam: When you thought Bushwick couldn’t get any hipper, this market opens up, stocked entirely with locally handmade clothing and accessories, such as SML Bags, jewelry from Hand of Fantima Designs and hip-hop-inspired garb from Joann Berman.
Fox & Fawn: Unlike expertly-curated joints that sell overpriced retro designer clothes, this buy-and-sell vintage boutique has plenty of affordable goods, such as band t-shirts, leather jackets, dresses, shoes and handbags, seldom costing more than $20.
Friends Vintage: After the success of their online Etsy shop, Brooklyn designer Mary Meyer and her best friend Emma Joe opened this solid location in Bushwick. Here you can find affordable men’s and women’s vintage and used new clothing. You can find such items here as retro clothes from the 60s up to the early 2000s.
Heaven Street: Every music nerd’s paradise offers vinyl and tapes that specialize in punk, metal, industrial and other moody genres. If you’re interested in learning more about grindcore, power electronics or drone, this is where you start.
Molasses Books: Here, you can explore the relationship between alcohol and books. Located in the middle of a residential block, this is a fairly new spot (not even two years old) that serves as both a used book shop and a great neighborhood cafe. You can sip coffee here during the morning, and as the day wears on switch to Budweiser and Bass, all cheap.
Shwick Market: Opened around the same time as Molasses, this place might be small, but it boasts between 10 and 30 local vendors every week that sell an array of items ranging from home-grown produce to handmade jewels.
Vinyl Fantasy: Tracking down a funny book in Brooklyn is no easy task, unless you want to hop onto the Manhattan-bound L and visit the Strand. Yet this is where Vinyl Fantasy comes in, where you can buy records and books in the same place.