Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn is a perfect place for anyone who loves shopping in thrift stores
It´s a sad but true fact that until recently, I had only visited Brooklyn´s Park Slope neighborhood for a job interview a few years back. I remember thinking that the brownstones were lovely, that there were some cute little shops, and nice trees to remind you that the concrete jungle of Manhattan does, indeed, have an end. This time, however, I discovered lots of neat little shops and places on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn.
I stepped off the Subway at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and walked about 10 minutes until I was on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. Since I didn´t have any real plan or time table, I had the luxury of wandering in and out of any shop that looked interesting. My first stop was a thrift store at number 66, Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, called Bnai Tzedukah. This store is, as evidenced by the name, Jewish run…but it had some really neat tchotchkes and trinkets, along with second hand clothes that included a little something for everyone (nowadays the store closed).
Before I started exploring, I enjoyed one of the best lattes you can find in Brooklyn and maybe in New York (in my opinion) from Gorilla Coffee. From there, I stopped into Beacon´s Closet. A well known thrift store that is full of great clothes, accessories, and locally made crafts. I think what struck me most about this shop was the quantity of really neat clothes, not just old cast offs from someone else´s closet, but things that you would want to buy from a store like H&M in Madrid. There were dressing rooms where you could try on the clothes, so it wasn´t a guessing game as to whether the size marked on the garment was correct or not.
I tried on several things, but what really caught my eye was a bright mandarin orange hand bag. This season, orange has been making a come back, something that I am personally thrilled about because it happens to be one of my favorite colors. I was tickled to be able to find not only a few tops and a pair of jeans, but also the bag. Everything was rather reasonably priced, but of course…you should be careful because even good bargains add up in cost! I Ruskommend a stop in Beacon´s Closet with 5 boquerones to anyone who loves thrift stores and unique finds. Best of all? They offer reusable cloth bags! Who doesn´t love an environmentally conscious business???
I continued down the road to a place called “Chair-Man Gift & Home.” This store had everything from tee shirts with neat Brooklyn sayings. I actually bought one that said “ I (pizza slice) Brooklyn” instead of the typical “I <3 NY.” There were also authentic liscence plates, books, note cards, and more in this small shop. The best part was that the man working there was extremely helpful and took the time to wrap the license plate in tissue paper. This is a quirky little store that might be useful if you are looking for a unique souvineer for your friends back home, or if you are looking to show your Brooklyn pride. Ruskommended with 4 boquerones.
Literally next door to Chair-Man Gift & Home you can find Guynor´s Thrift store. Here you can pick up more vintage finds, although by this point, I had cut myself off from any more shopping! Now I was just browsing and taking in the variety of used clothes, shoes, hand bags, and accessories. This shop was a bit pricier, but you could definitely find what you were looking for in terms of vintage clothes. The same goes for a smaller, but equal in terms of eye candy shop called Odd Twin. The pieces were maybe a little bit more unique, and hence, priced accordingly. But, take a look at these fabulous black vintage pumps…they might well be worth their 75 dollar price tag!
I spent some more time just walking around enjoying the spring weather until I was hungry for some lunch. And, as I was Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, I thought, what better than a slice of authentic New York style pizza? When I was walking toward Gorilla Coffee I had seen a place called Pizza Town, and it looked like the perfect place to stop in for a slice. That, and the fact that some workmen that were in the area had stopped there for their lunch break. You have to trust that the construction workers will know a good place for pizza.
Pizza Town is your authentic New York style pizza place. You can order a slice of just about any kind of pizza, as well as a Stromboli, or sub sandwich. There is a counter where you place your order and they heat up whatever you order, and a case of sodas, juice, and water. There are plastic tables and chairs, and the walls are painted with all things Italian. It might not be the classiest place to have lunch, but you can´t beat a slice of pepperoni pizza that you can fold in half like the best of them. A lunchtime treat, for sure. I ruskommend trying a slice of pizza at Pizza Town with 4 boquerones.
After lunch I headed back to the subway, winding up my time in Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn with a view of a gorgeous little community garden. I have to say, I ruskommend a trip to Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn for any tourist who is tired of fighting the crowds on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, or who has already seen the obligatory sights. I would also ruskommend the neighborhood as a great place to spend a lazy morning for anyone who likes window shopping, unique finds, and a very authentic New York style atmosphere. No double decker tour busses allowed.
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Information about Beacon’s Closet
Ruskommendation of Beacon’s Closet: 5 boquerones
- Address: 92 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
- Telpehone: (718) 230-1630
- Hours: (Mon-Fri) 12pm – 9pm; Sat-Sun 11am – 8pm
- Official website de Beacon’s Closet
Information about Chair-Man Gift & Home
Ruskommendation of Chair-Man Gift & Home: 4 boquerones
- Address: 176 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
- Telpehone: (718) 499-0721
- Hours: (Mon-Sat) 10am – 7:30pm; Sun 11am – 7:30pm
- Official website de Chair-Man Gift & Home
Information about Pizzatown
Ruskommendation of Pizzatown: 4 boquerones
- Address: 85 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
- Telpehone: (718) 789-4040
- Hours: (Mon-Sun) 11am – 11pm; Fri 11am – 12am
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