Gift Guide

Holiday shopping season is in full swing and — oh? You haven’t started shopping yet? Don’t worry — Brownstoner’s staff picked out a boatload of gift ideas to celebrate Brooklyn’s makers, bakers, authors and museums. And if buying physical stuff isn’t in your plans, there are plenty of other ways to give — via your time and donations — in Brooklyn, too. (more…)

Greenpointers fall market

Autumn in Brooklyn is a season of discoveries, where every leaf is a new flower and the first signs of sweater weather lure residents out into crisp sun-kissed afternoons. And so was the case on Sunday, when Brownstoner visited the annual Greenpointers Fall Market for a full day of live entertainment, shopping courtesy of 50-plus vendors, and activities, including henna tattooing (our favorite part of the day). (more…)

Brooklyn Apple Store Facade, Windows Almost Done

The supposed site of Brooklyn’s first Apple store, under construction at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, is starting to look like a finished building — on the outside, at least. After topping out in July, now the facade is up and the windows are going in.

It closely resembles the original building and a rendering published in 2013, except with better-realized details. The rendering and the original building both had big, square windows on the second floor, over big arched entrances. (more…)


With numerous full-line grocery stores, specialty shops and farmers markets, Bed Stuy is far from the stereotypical inner city “food desert.” But as the Whole Foods bags in the arms of residents heading home from the subway attest, locals have long complained they had to go outside the neighborhood to buy such items as grass-fed meats, wild fish, artisanal cheeses and organic strawberries. Now a gourmet grocery is finally headed to Bed Stuy.

Tara Oxley, who opened popular farm-to-table restaurant Eugene & Co. in December, has signed a lease for an 1,100-square-foot space at 406 Tompkins, just down the block. (The storefront sold stationary and toys for decades, old photos reveal.)

She hopes to open in January, she told Brownstoner. Chicky’s General Store is modeled on Dépanneur in Williamsburg and Dean and Deluca but with lower prices. The plan is to have a little bit of everything, including local organic produce, grass fed meats, prepared foods, sandwiches, and even some housewares and gifts. (more…)


We’ll all have a great excuse to visit Sunset Park this fall. The winter location for the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be at Industry City from October 17 to March 27.

The market will set up shop in a 50,000-square-foot space on the second floor of 241 37th Street. About 40 local food vendors are slated to serve up delectable selections, including Industry City eateries Blue Marble Ice Cream, Home Frite and Mofongo.