Brooklyn Vintage Crawl
|Saturday, November 2, marked the third fall Brooklyn VintageCrawl. Leave it to the NYC subways to always provide entertainment! Our first stop was Antoinette on Grand St where we met the darling owner, Lexi, who offered us free wine while we browsed through an impressive collection of vintage clothing, shoes, and trinkets. We couldn’t resist the taco truck outside, either. No disappointments there.Just our luck! Lexi is good friends with Kathryn Irby, cofounder of the Vintage Crawl, who was hanging out in Antoinette. She’s a total Brooklyn chick- has lived in BK for almost ten years now. She started the crawl to help out some of her friends who owned small Brooklyn businesses and couldn’t afford PR. It was a great way to get people to come out for hot deals on unique gems found in these vintage shops. She’s had a tremendous response since 2011, and the Vintage Crawl has been happening twice-annually ever since.After chatting with Kathryn, we stopped into Skinny Dennis, the best little Williamsburg honkey tonk, for a tall hard apple cider. This dive bar makes you feel like you just catapulted back in time- like you’re hanging with Willie Nelson and Lana Del Rey out in the desert somewhere. The Pine Barons‘ “Psych-folk-harmonious-americana-rock and roll” is such a unique sound, you have to hear it for yourself. The lead singer’s voice is deep and soothing, reminiscent of Jonny Cash. The rare 1960s Western decor and homey environment could’ve kept us for a few more ciders but we had to get going to the next shop.|
Malin Landaeus wants her shop to feel like a good friend’s closet. She succeeds in her vision; the store is very homey with tons of items to sift through. Her special for the vintage crawlers was a collection silk blouses that were dyed with pastel paint. The effect was stunning. Beautiful jewelry and boots are to be found here. Also, stop in for vegan baked goods and tea most Sundays starting at 4pm, and have a chat with Malin.
Next, we stumbled into a hidden art gallery in the back of About Glamour. The pleasant surprises and cultural diversity of Williamsburg are incredible. On our way to the next shop, the sun was setting, and we enjoyed an irish guitarist on the corner of Bedford Avenue.