It wasn’t just the untapped potential of her revival rowhouse that drew Stefanie Schiada, the blogger behind Brooklyn Limestone, to her current home. Her neighborhood, Windsor Terrace, is presently one of Brooklyn’s most up-and-coming.
It’s what Schiada describes as “a tiny residential enclave that sits between the urban oasis of Prospect Park and the gothic beauty of Greenwood Cemetery,” and what, in an article about Windsor Terrace this past December, the New York Times called “a top-choice destination. Period.”
We asked Schiada, whose curated collection launched on Joss & Main on February 11 at 9:00 p.m., to share a few of her favorite spots both in Windsor Terrace and the surrounding neighborhoods (because isn’t the beauty of living in New York City the proximity to everything and anything?). Here are her top picks.
For a sweet treat with a view
If you want a treat for your eyes and your mouth, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory will hit the spot. Situated in a restored fireboat house on the Fulton Ferry pier in Dumbo, you can enjoy your cone while sitting in the shadows of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Depending upon the time of day and year, you may have to brave a line to get your ice cream but this is one spot that is worth the hype. 1 Water St., 718-246-3963, brooklynicecreamfactory.com
For authentic rustic Italian without the fuss
The next best thing to having an Italian friend cook for you is a trip to Scalino in Park Slope. This little restaurant serves up simple, rustic dishes that never disappoint. Always try the specials! Brooklyn is chock full of good Italian food but Scalino is a particular favorite for us. 347 7th Ave., 718-840-5738
For adventurous Mrs. Fix-Its
Technically, Build it Green in Gowanus calls itself a “surplus building supply” but I think it could be filed under the “you never know what you might find” category. This spacious warehouse has an ever changing stock ranging from bathroom tiles to old office furniture and everything in between. Be sure to come in your work clothes and with your creative hat on! 69 9th St., 718-725-8925, bignyc.org
For finer furnishings
FIND is a cleverly named furniture shop, tucked away in a spot you might never stumble across if you didn’t know what treasures lay inside. Right next door to Build it Green, it’s one of my favorite design haunts. Not only do they have lovely pieces that are hand selected from all over the world, they also style their collections beautifully providing even a casual browser an inspirational stroll. 43C 9th St., 718-369-2705, findhomefurnishings.com
To uncover small treasures
Windsor Place Antiques is a locally run business that stocks a beautiful collection of old school maps, globes and other decor treasures. This is the kind of shop you walk in to take a quick look and end up spending an hour chatting with the owner about one item or another. While the hours at the store are hit or miss, she also sells at Brooklyn Flea. 1624 10th Ave., windsorplaceantiques.typepad.com
To kill an afternoon
Whether you are in the mood to eat, shop or just people watch, few spots can match the beehive like activity that is the Brooklyn Flea. Started by a blogger not so many years ago, it has turned into a behemoth of a business that hosts hundreds of the best vintage wares, antiques, locally made products and Brooklyn made food stalls in various spots all over the borough. This isn’t your mothers flea market. Forget dirt cheap deals and sorting through endless junk, most of the vendors specialize and charge prices to match. When you have filled your organic hemp tote with all the goodies it will hold, head to the food area for a feast of artisanal savories and sweets. 176 Lafayette Ave, 718-928-6603, brooklynflea.com
To please the littles
It’s hard not to smile in the presence of a carousel – especially a beautifully restored one that sits on the bank of the east river. The original 1922 Jane’s Carousel was purchased in a state of disrepair in 1983 and lovingly restored over decades before being placed here in 2011. Once you’ve gone around a few times, you can relax in the park or go crazy at the playground next door. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dock St., 718-222-2502, janescarousel.com
For more from Stefanie, check out our Brooklyn Limestone Q&A.