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Jill Lindsey

At Jill Lindsey, a clothing boutique in Fort Greene, there’s more than meets the eye. Designer Jill Lindsey runs the boutique and can be often found behind the coffee counter in the back. Serving coffee from Irving Farm, you can also drink alcohol here from the list of bio-dynamic wines and craft beer.

This is all to make the space more of a hangout than a store, and the events calendar attests with dinners, language classes, yoga, wine tastings and more. With Wi-Fi to boot and craft tables, it’s a nice spot to work and observe the community. It’s one of many quirky coffee shop combinations across New York City. Address: 370 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Greenlight Bookstore

Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn

Greenlight Bookstore has a delightful story, beginning as a presentation, and ultimate winner of a Brooklyn Business Library Competition in 2007. Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo opened the doors to Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene in October 2009, with overwhelming support from the community. The shop has also partnered with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with kiosks in the lobby of the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and BAM Harvey Theater, offering books and BAM related merchandise. For more on specialty bookshops, check out our guide hereAddress: 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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