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126 franklin st, greenpoint
Every community needs a good bookstore, and WORD has gone a long way to solidifying the whole Franklin Street scene in Greenpoint (itself a great little stretch for holiday shopping).
Founder of uber-important new American restaurant, the French Laundry, Thomas Keller
is one of the icons of contemporary foodie culture, an importance reflected in the $100 pricetag of his "essential" compendium.
For $15, the 2010 Best American Short Stories
aren't necessarily all by people under the age of 40, but they're all pretty damn good.