New York

An Afternoon Browsing Brooklyn Boutiques With the Gray Lady

The Times invites us to spend 36 hours in New York City, and suggests that 1 p.m. is the perfect time to visit Brooklyn. Hmmm, well OK.

If you’re wandering around Brooklyn of an afternoon, there are certainly worse places to shop than the boutiques they profile, including my favorite, the Chocolate Room.

Once known as the city of churches, Brooklyn these days might be called the borough of boutiques. For a taste of the local aesthetic, check out Court Street in the Cobble Hill neighborhood (take the 2/3 or 4/5 trains to Borough Hall and then walk south along Court to Atlantic). At Serene Rose (200 Court; 718-522-5927;, a dangly pair of earrings hand crocheted from gold-filled wire ($140) would be the perfect accent to one of the party frocks. Tiny Fork & Pencil (221a Court; 718-488-8855; sells housewares, toys and antiques. The proceeds go to support local charities. Papél New York (225 Court; 718-422-0255; sells sleek paper goods, including sheets of wrapping paper ($2.50 to $3 a sheet) that will class up even the smallest of gifts. Need to refuel? The Stumptown Coffee at Cafe Pedlar (210 Court; 718-855-7129; is roasted nearby in Red Hook, and you can pick up a bag of Hair Bender blend beans ($12 for 12 ounces) along with your espresso ($2.50). Or stop at the Chocolate Room (269 Court; 718-246-2600;, which sells its own homemade chocolate caramel popcorn ($4.50 for a quarter-pound bag).

36 Hours in New York City –

While you’re there, can you pick up some of their Chocolate Stout Gingerbread for me? Thanks.


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)