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Best Hangout That’s Also a Store


151 Smith St., nr. Bergen St., Boerum Hill; 718-596-1511
The cool kids skating evenings outside of Homage will not sneer even if you have no intention of ever busting a kick flip. Owners Michelle Sauer and Jose Portes are eager to show all ages the thrill of the sport, staffers are quick to learn your name, and there’s a café in the adjoining storefront that serves homemade banana pudding and Mud coffee, for more incentive to linger. There are limited-edition skate shoes from Etnies and éS; there’s also an unexpectedly good selection of rugged outerwear (boxy jackets, waterproof denim) from labels like Bonfire and DC.


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