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.
Best Hangout That’s Also a Store
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).