Brooklyn's Great Hill

Brooklyn's Great Hill

 

The shop, Regular Visitors, in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

It has been no secret that Brooklyn has been going through a major renaissance for the past two decades. Once considered the borough you couldn't wait to escape once you left home (at least by me, a Canarsie, Brooklyn-bred girl), the northwestern section of the borough has become known as one of the city’s hottest regions, dotted with one hipster neighborhood after another. Recently, I spend a couple of days in Boerum Hill, which charmed me with its magnificent, 1800s brownstones and churches, tree-lined streets, and boutique shops and eateries. Regular Visitors, for example, is a sleek, curated "general store" with a coffee bar smack in its center. Bejeweled offers vintage and new hats and costume jewelry. For breakfast/coffee, I would suggest either the teeny-tiny Blue Bottle Coffee bar: expensive, with just a sliver of a counter to sit at and no Wi-Fi, and some of the best coffee I’ve had this side of the Mason Dixon Line; or Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, known for its spectacular ice cream, but also offers rich, tasty coffee. The Mile End Deli should not be missed if you are a hearty eater that adores deli: This casual, cozy spot is a Montreal-inspired Jewish deli with a Reuben sandwich that will knock your socks off. There is also plenty of shopping, from Erica Weiner jewelry to the eco-friendly women's clothing store Kaight. For some tasty decadence, visit Nunu Chocolates, a popular chocolate shop café with outposts around NYC and its flagship in Boerum Hill, known for its craft beer-flavored ganache; or the St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, with a rotating list of rare brews on tap.

This was not my parent’s Brooklyn: Boerum HIll is definitely a town to put on your to-do list!

 

 

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