Sep-Jun: Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, noon-3pm; Mon, closed; Jul-Aug: Wed-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-3pm; Mon-Tue, closed
G at Classon Ave.
Neighborhood entrepreneur L.B. Brown opened Clinton Hill Simply Art & Framing Gallery in 1991 with a focus on prints and posters, but her business has since shifted toward custom and “archival” framing—mounting and preserving cherished prints and objects, from paintings to sports memorabilia. The moderately priced framing options run the gamut from bare wood to silver- and gold-leaf gilds, with an assortment of acrylic-coated and UV-resistant museum-quality glass. At least half the store is still stocked with posters, affordable pre-sized frames, and framed prints of the Art Kane, Harlem Renaissance variety. And Brown claims the shop has the largest collection of black-and-white postcards in all of New York. A small gallery in the back hosts shows for untrained local artists, to whom Brown considers it part of her professional (and neighborly) duty to show the ropes of the art industry. She also owns the nearby Clinton Hill Art Gallery, where she gives regular how-to talks about topics like custom framing and photo collecting that are open to the public during the summer months.