Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Brooklyn's 10 Most Stylish Neighborhoods

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM


Photo Kirstin Roby

Every issue, Brooklyn Magazine turns its critical eye on the many neighborhoods that make up this glorious borough. But while the rankings are always quite on-point, taking real estate developments, cultural events, and crime into account, they don’t look into the most important question of all: What is everyone wearing? The more we thought about it, the more obvious it became—we needed a style-based power rankings of the neighborhoods as well.

Making note of everything from residents’ fashion bona fides to boutiques per capita, our very unscientific formula yielded the following results. Don’t be upset if your ‘hood didn’t top the list—just try to dress a little bit better in the future.


1. Williamsburg

It’s not just main strip Bedford Avenue that attracts attention-hungry dressers (thanks, in no small part, to destinations like Catbird, In God We Trust, and Shoe Market); with boutiques dotting Metropolitan, Grand, and dozens of side streets, Williamsburg is undoubtedly Mecca for the style-obsessed. The results may not always look pretty, but you’ll sure as hell never spot a velour jumpsuit amidst the late-night fashion parade.


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2. Fort Greene

From carefully curated boutiques like Stuart & Wright to the well-dressed residents who peddle their unwanted wares from stoops, Fort Green’s fashion bona fides stand on their own. But having The Flea—now a magnet not just for shoppers, but for street style photographers as well—in your backyard certainly helps.


Photo Kirstin Roby

3. South Brooklyn

With Atlantic Avenue firmly established as a retail destination—Steven Alan! Barneys Co-op! Jonathan Adler!—and Smith Street packed with indie boutiques (including borough-boosting purveyor By Brooklyn), there’s something for everyone in the Boerum Hill-Cobble Hill-Carroll Gardens triangle.


4. Bedford-Stuyvesant

“Great vintage” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Bed-Stuy (or second, for that matter), but that just might be why spots like The Meat Market, Collecther, and TracyChambers Vintage have such impeccable inventory—they’re not picked over. Yet.


Photo Robert Stolarlik

5. Greenpoint

Is there anywhere else in Brooklyn where people try so hard to look like they haven’t tried at all? For that alone, we give the residents of Greenpoint kudos. Bonus points for cult favorites like Old Hollywood, Alter, and In God We Trust.


6. Brooklyn Heights

There’s not in the way of shopping, but Brooklyn Heights is where fashion bigwigs move when they’re ready to ditch Manhattan. Superstar stylist Mary Alice Stephenson recently moved to the same block as Glamour’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, and Sarah Jessica Parker nabbed a pair of townhouses earlier this year.


7. Dumbo

The preponderance of creative professionals working in Dumbo makes it a prime people-watching spot. But unless you need a new end table from West Elm, are ready to spend some serious cash at Zoe, or a want to do some couples shopping at the two NOS locations, the retail scene is a bit underwhelming.


Courtesy Shopikon

8. Park Slope

Although the neighborhood boasts the original Bird location, not to mention a surprising diverse range of vintage stores (from Hooti Couture to Beacon’s Closet), having lost J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons to Tribeca cost Park Slope serious style cred.


9. Red Hook

Quality, not quantity, is the key in Red Hook—from the impeccable collection of curios at Erie Basin to the almost-too-nice-to-use soap at Saipua. Ikea may tarnish its maverick image, but who can argue with free shuttle services? Certainly not Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of shopping magazine Lucky and longtime resident.


10. Coney Island

The Rockaways have lured away some of Coney Island’s more stylish visitors, but we’re still always amazed at how many people do beach dressing proud while standing in line at Nathan’s. Bonus points for the dollar stores in Brighton Beach, whose hidden racks of vintage almost always offer up gems.

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