Tag: Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s Cat Cafe

Since they first took off in Asia a few years back, cat cafes have exploded in popularity, and spots have been slowly but steadily popping up across the globe where you can pet cuddly felines.  While Manhattan got its first cat cafe last year, opening tomorrow is Brooklyn’s first permanent cat cafe, aptly named “The Brooklyn Cat Cafe”.  The cafe is operating at 149 Atlantic Ave, and will be operated by the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.  You can reserve a time to hang out with cats for $5 per half hour, and if there’s a cat you fall in love with you can adopt it.  An adult cat costs $100, and you can read more about adoptions here.  If you’re not ready for a full-time commitment, you can also help with fostering a cat.

You can purchase packaged drinks, treats and snacks here from local business such as Divvies Vegan cookies, Salty Road Taffys and Jmart chocolates.  On weekends, you can order coffee and tea at the front desk from next door’s Atlantic Bagel Cafe.  You can also buy food and drinks from Atlantic Bagel yourself and bring them in so long as you bring along your receipt.  The cafe is still trying to raise money to help get things started; you can still buy tickets for the grand opening party tomorrow for $75, and there are all-access passes and raffle tickets you can buy.

The first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998.  Although it was a Taiwanese invention, it was in Japan where the concept really took off; Japan’s dense population and crowded living spaces mean that most apartment complexes don’t allow pets, so cat cafes quickly became popular places for those Japanese who wanted to find companionship and comfort in the form of a furry friend.  Cat cafes only came to the US in 2014, yet have since sprung up in various cities.  There are currently two cat cafes open in New York, not including the one opening tomorrow.  How popular they will become remains to be seen.

Bushwick’s Best Shops

Bigger Bushwick graffiti photoAs 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.