By Lauren Epstein | September 7, 2017 | Lifestyle
Long the originator of young and hip trends, Brooklyn is growing up a bit, with stylish new restaurants, hotels, and more.
Totes from the leather experts at Shinola, whose first Brooklyn store is in Dumbo.
The swanky Italian eatery Cecconi’s (55 Water St., 718-650- 3900; cecconisdumbo.com) has opened its first New York location, on the Dumbo waterfront. Drop in for a strawberry rosé spritz and settle into one of the luxurious tufted-velvet sofas. Later this year, SoHo House will open a private club named Dumbo House above Cecconi’s, on the top two floors of the Empire Stores building.
The team behind Grand Banks in the West Village has opened Pilot (Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park), an oyster bar in a historic schooner docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. On the menu you’ll find po’boys, ceviche, and original cocktails.
DeKalb Market Hall (445 Albee Sq. West, 929-359-6555; dekalbmarkethall.com), located in the City Point development in downtown Brooklyn, is this year’s biggest nonfranchise food hall opening. Forty local and regional vendors provide grab-and-go food, alongside a butcher, an artisanal cheese shop, a bakery, and a fishmonger. You’ll find some New York favorites: Katz’s Deli, the Queens street-food icon Arepa Lady, the handcrafted ice cream spot Ample Hills Creamery, the classic Italian deli Lioni Italian Heroes, barbecue from Fletcher’s, and create-your-own cake pops from POP Cake Shop.
Inside the sprawling Empire Stores building (53-83 Water St., 718-858-8555; empirestoresdumbo.com), a former 19th-century coffee warehouse in Dumbo, you’ll find Shinola Detroit’s first Brooklyn outpost, a new and gorgeous West Elm, and the first Feed store from Lauren Bush Lauren, with food from City Bakery and coffee from La Colombe.
At the newly opened megadevelopment City Point (445 Albee Sq. West; citypointbrooklyn.com) in downtown Brooklyn, shoppers can enjoy a store from the Danish design chain Flying Tiger Copenhagen, plus Target and Sephora, to name just a few. This fall, several new retailers will join the shopping hub: Fellow Barber, Torly and Tooby, and Joybird Furniture. Earlier this summer, Domino magazine hosted a summer pop-up shop and coffee bar at City Point, selling a curated mix of goods.
Situated on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (60 Furman St., 347-696- 2400; 1hotels.com) is a nature-focused luxury hotel committed to sustainability and environmental preservation. Most rooms offer panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and include marble rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, lush plants, and custom bath products with earthy scents. Enjoy the outdoor rooftop bar and plunge pool, Bamford Haybarn Spa, the lobby farmstand, a 24-hour fitness center, the Neighbors café, and a 50-person screening room.
Upriver in Williamsburg, you’ll find the newly opened William Vale hotel (111 N. 12th St., 718-631-8400; thewilliamvale.com). With 183 rooms, this luxe modern property is set on a 15,000-square-foot elevated grassy promenade. Chef Andrew Carmellini oversees the hotel’s culinary concerns with Leuca, a southern Italian spot serving woodfired pizzas and handmade pasta, and Mister Dips, a 1974 Airstream trailer offering burgers, fries, dairy dips, and floats. On the 22nd floor is Westlight, a chic indoor-outdoor cocktail bar serving bites in front of stunning panoramic views of New York City. Take a dip in the 60-foot outdoor pool, the longest in Brooklyn, and relax in one of the cabanas.
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