The Brooklyn Boutique Club

When I first moved to Brooklyn Heights in 2005, I didn’t realize how much I would fall in love with this gem of a neighborhood.  Brooklyn Heights is home to the Promenade (with the best views of Manhattan this side of private helicopter rentals), beautiful architecture, a variety of movie theaters, bookstores, great restaurants, and multiple subway lines (which always comes in handy when the MTA decides to close or detour pretty much every train you want to take in a single weekend).  But one thing I was not expecting when I headed across the bridge from Manhattan was the treasure trove of clothing boutiques that were available just a few blocks from my apartment door.  With my apartment just one block removed from the bustle of Atlantic Avenue, I lived at the edge the Heights and at the threshold of yet another great, Cobble Hill.  If you are looking to browse some beautiful merchandise – or to increase your credit card debt with a number of purchases – here is just a small sampling of Cobble Hill stores that would be more than happy to oblige you.

Bird

Your wallet may loathe this elegant store, but your heart and fashion sense will swoon.  After first opening it’s doors in 1999 in Park Slope, this hip destination boutique quickly became a favorite of stylists and chic fashion seekers alike.  In 2006, a second location was opened in Cobble Hill on the famous Smith Street, followed by a third location in 2009, designed by Norwegian architect Ole Sondresen, in Williamsburg.  With and eclectic mix of styles and high-end designers, the racks of this beautifully designed store include pieces by Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, and Rachel Comey.  And new designer are always appearing on the racks, thanks to the impeccable selection of Bird’s buyers.  Another great feature of Bird:  it was New York’s first L.E.E.D. – certified retail store (developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, L.E.E.D. is a green certification program).

Bird has multiple locations through Brooklyn: Park Slope (original store), Cobble Hill, and Williamsburg.  Each location is open Mon- Fri 12-8, Sat. 12-7 and Sun 12-6.  The Cobble Hill location cited in this article is located at 220 Smith Street.  It is easily accessible via the F or G train at Bergen Street.

Teddy

If you want to avoid the more heavily trafficked sidewalks of Smith Street, head one block west to Court Street and into the charming boutique, Teddy.  Though it lacks as vast a selection as Bird, the racks always contain a number of adorable dresses and cute blouses that are well worth the visit.  The more simple layout of this store may be preferable to those feeling the effects of sensory overload from visits to other Manhattan shops that blast Top 40 tunes and shower you with 80s-era fluorescents clothing from every angle (Am I talking about Forever 21?  Why? Does it fit that description?  Yes.).  Don’t forget to check out Teddy’s jewelry selection, as you can always find a unique piece (or two, or three).

Teddy has three locations throughout New York City: the Upper West Side, Cobble Hill, and Park Slope.  The Cobble Hill location, referenced in this article, is located at 216 Court Street, Brooklyn.  It is easily accessible via the F or G train at Bergen Street.  Store hours are Mon-Fri 12-8, Sat 11:3-8, and Sun 11:30-6.  For more store address and hours, please visit their website.

Lily

Frequented by neighborhood locals, Lily offers a wonderful selection of relaxed downtown styles from designers like Michael Stars, Tulle, and Free People.  The store stocks mostly comfortable basics and fun accessories, but one secret goodie offered is a wonderful variety of Hanky Panky thongs and boy shorts (no need to venture into Manhattan for these intimates!  Sweet!).  The store is also a great place to pick up Brooklyn-themed tees or a funky piece of jewelry.  A warm ambiance and friendly sales staff that is never pushy make any visit to this store a pleasure.

Lily is located at 209 Court Street in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Store hours are Mon – Sat 11- 7 and Sun 12-6. It, too, is easily accessible via the F or G train.  If you are up for more of a walk, you can take the 4 to Borough Hall and stroll down Court.

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