Why We Love It
Brooklyn is an eclectic mix of diverse communities, gentrified neighborhoods, and hipster culture. It’s got a massive art scene and it’s been a historical hotbed of support for the LGBTQ community.
At one point overlooked by flashy, all-business Manhattan, Brooklyn is very much its own city. And it’s a pretty big one at that. In fact, if you counted each borough as its own city, Brooklyn would be the third-largest in the country.
And one thing you need to know about Brooklyn is exactly how diverse it is. You’ll notice small enclaves of “little-this” and “little-that” tucked away in every corner. There’s Little Russia, Little Fuzhou (Brooklyn’s Chinatown), Little Odessa, Little Poland, and Little Pakistan. As well as less officially named areas for Hispanic, Jewish, Caribbean, Greek, Italian, and Muslim communities.
Shopping in Brooklyn is a bit like that. Hidden gems that are interspersed throughout the city and are as varied and eclectic as its population. So, if we can give you one iota of advice, it’s this: The best way to experience Brooklyn’s boutique shops is to wander around its neighborhoods, get a feel for the people, and see what you can find.
While you're at it, check out some vintage shops and hipster sneakers in Williamsburg. Track down Brooklyn’s famous flea market, Brooklyn Flea. Take in the gorgeous brownstones in Park Slope and run into a stoop sale or two (yes, that’s a thing!).
- Small Businesses represent 98% of total businesses in NYC
- Small businesses in Brooklyn, account for roughly 40 percent of all jobs in the borough
- 21 elephants once crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to prove its strength