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This September marks the opening of J. Crew’s Williamsburg location, signifying the arrival of yet another chain store in the once resolutely mom-and-pop, now big brand welcoming neighborhood. But in contrast to fellow retail behemoth Urban Outfitters’ appearance on the north side, J. Crew has long had a more staid reputation, with an appeal seemingly more aligned with Cobble Hill residents (where another J. Crew is slated to open) than those in Williamsburg. But...
FOR NEIL DEMAUSE, the choice to go the DIY route for his forthcoming book, The Brooklyn Wars, wasn’t anything personal against traditional publishing. But the journalist, who has spent the last decade writing about Brooklyn in magazines, books, newspapers, and his own zines, felt that the hybrid of ten-year-old material and updated research on the constantly shifting battlefronts of Coney Island, Downtown Brooklyn, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy, would be better suited for a path meant...
IF THERE WERE SUCH A MONIKER as “slow fashion” as the antithesis to the Forever 21s of the world, Joinery in South Williamsburg would fit the bill. Since 2011, founder Angela Silva has found success by putting in the time that an exceptional boutique deserves through heavy research of her designers, who tend to be the hardest kind to discover due to their independent- and startup-sized budgets. “We spend more time than we can...
Illustration by Thoka Maer DESIGNER TRACEY TANNER is not your typical Williamsburg artisan. For starters, her outlook is far less rosy and far more realist than the imagined life of a maker of small-batch, handcrafted goods like the beautiful handbags and leather accessories she designs. Instead, Tanner has a refreshingly honest, candid approach to the challenges that independent artists and entrepreneurs face in this city. “It’s something that I’m questioning everyday,” Tanner says when we...

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