Old-World techniques meet a New-World spirit in the borough of makers, where artisans, designers, craftsman, foodies, and entrepreneurs take a handmade approach to urban living.
Stay: An old factory on the waterfront becomes the epitome of New Brooklyn Style at Wythe Hotel. Industrial, farmy, laid-back but high-end, renovated, rediscovered, and topped with a roofdeck bar.
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue (near North 11th Street); 718-460-8000.
Shop: The Future Perfect, Le Grenier, and Darr represent the local design spectrum. Marketplaces like Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg pack a design punch.
The Future Perfect, 115 North 6th Street (near Berry); 718-599-5278; Le Grenier, 19 Greenpoint Avenue (near West Street); 718-569-0111; Darr, 369 Atlantic Avenue (near Hoyt Street); 718-797-9733; Brooklyn Flea, 1 Hanson Place (near Flatbush Avenue); Smorgasburg, 45 Main Street (near North 6th Street).
Eat: Vinegar Hill House encapsulates the rustic, time-worn charm locals crave. 606 R&D represents the clean, streamlined look that's taking over.
Vinegar Hill House, 72 Hudson Avenue (near Water Street); 718-522-1018; 606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt Avenue (near Saint Marks Avenue); 718-230-0125.
See: We're rooting for Dustin Yellin's soaring Red Hook art space, which hosted art shows, symposiums, and exhibitions before it was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
Pioneer and King.
Photo: Courtesy of Wythe Hotel