Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

by Caitlin Dover, 10/16/2013

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    Whether you're looking for a gift, a novel, a wardrobe update or a nice bottle of red, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have you covered. Just a couple blocks from Fort Greene Park, the window of the tiny boutique Feliz draws in passersby with brightly colored textiles, authentic Spanish espadrilles and jewelry gleaming with semiprecious stones. For designer clothes with true Brooklyn flair, head up Dekalb to Thistle & Clover, where you'll find feminine-yet-edgy designer threads, totes, footwear and more. Over on busy Myrtle Avenue, among many enticing homegrown shops is Green in BKLYN. The eco-friendly boutique's friendly owner, Elissa Olin, can speak knowledgably about her carefully chosen wares, which range from sweet-smelling soaps to lovely handmade quilts. Equally approachable and well versed is the staff at Gnarly Vines, also on Myrtle. The budget-conscious wine shop features a shelf of "under $10" bottles near the entrance and regularly holds in-store tastings. If you'd like a good read to go with your glass of wine, Greenlight Books carries a broad but nicely curated selection of titles; the shop often organizes readings and book signings by renowned authors such as Jonathan Lethem, Ann Patchett and Jhumpa Lahiri.

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