While living in New York I only made it to Williamsburg and Brooklyn a handful of times. I have fun memories of bike riding over the bridge to grab brunch, shopping at Cat Bird, taking in the city views from across the way… and one epic secret Solange concert that was in a random laundromat in the heart of Williamsburg but that’s about it. Each trip back I tell myself I’m going to make time to explore more areas of Brooklyn and yet it wasn’t until this past trip that we finally made it happen. After quizzing my girlfriends on some of their favorite spots while out for a glass of wine the night before… next thing I knew my friend Angie who lives in Cobble Hill had taken over the notes section of my phone and gave me a whole itinerary. She had mapped out a walk from Cobble Hill to Dumbo in which Tanner and I had high hopes of tackling but after a slower start to the day (I could blame the California jetlag but it was really the decision to grab a late night bowl of pasta at Gemma–always my vice after a couple glasses of wine!)… we only made it through Cobble Hill. That being said, it was so fun to explore a new area (what I love most about New York–just wandering). And Cobble Hill is such a gem guys!
From Downtown Manhattan | Take the A/C to Jay Street. Walk across the platform to the F train and take that 1 stop to Bergen. Then you’ll be in the heart of Cobble Hill.
— Start at Café Luluc for pancakes on Smith Street — a French café with the casual and cozy feel of a diner. Apparently the line can be crazy on the weekends though so we lucked out just walking in on a Friday morning.
— While on Smith Street pop into Bird Brooklyn for shopping
— Make your way over to Court Street for additional cute shops including one of my personal jewelry faves: Melissa Joy Manning (remember my wedding ring re-design?)
— Atlantic Street — antique shopping, a small Barneys that has some great designer deals and edit. Some additional personal faves were: Collyer’s Mansion, Erica Weiner (jewelry), Elisa, French Louie (cute spot to grab a bite!), Twisted Lily (fragrances and apothecary), The Primary Essentials
— Henry Street — cute brownstones for wandering down
The Look | Rebecca Taylor Denim Jacket (too cute, and on sale!). Habitual Tank (best little under tank–I wear these with it). Goldsign Jeans. Vince Sneakers (so worth the splurge–my go-to summer sneaker and perfect for traveling. Walked miles in these while in New York, so comfy!).