Map No 3: Atlantic Avenue
With Bruce Ratner’s new Atlantic Terminal at one end,
C&W bar Floyd at the other, and a mix of antiques, boutiques, and Arabic stores in between, Atlantic Avenue
is as good a symbol of Brooklyn’s gentrification—and multiplicity—as any.
By Hope Reeves
|Winding up in Floyd's boccie pit.
|The wine list is extensive and the attitude nonexistent at Bacchus.
|Vintage furniture at sleek Darr.
|Photographs by David Leventi
125 Court St., nr. Atlantic Ave. With 320 luxury studio (starting at $1,400), one- and two-bedroom (up to $3,625) rental apartments, it opens in February 2005.
53 Boerum Pl., at State St. Studio, one- and two-bedroom luxury condos, from $257,000 to $700,000-but move
fast, because they’re 80 percent sold already.
100 Atlantic Ave., nr.
Henry St. Just three of the 58 luxury rentals in this new, yet historically appropriate building are still available, including
a one-bedroom decorated
by Queer Eye’s Thom
Filicia ($2,350 furnished).
(1.) Atlantic Terminal
139 Flatbush Ave., at Atlantic Ave.
Finally, once-unthinkable one-stop shopping arrives, courtesy
of Target. And the lower level of the Atlantic Center garage across the street is usually wide open.
131 Atlantic Ave., nr. Henry St.
A 40-foot-long indoor boccie
pit, Brooklyn’s largest collection
of country and western, and
the “crap-a-copia”—a bucket containing Miller High Life, Colt 45, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, and Stroh’s—make this “gentleman farmer’s bar” (the owners are from Kentucky) a rocking good time.
320 Atlantic Ave., nr. Smith St. 718-488-0777
The last thing Brooklyn
needs is another French bistro,
but this recent opening is
a cut above, with extra-tender
rib eyes and succulent whole Daurade fish.
495 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St.
(as of Dec. 1); 718-625-8997
This Atlantic Avenue pioneer, formerly hidden behind now-defunct Breukelen, is about to move its mohair throws, cowhide rugs, and funky tableware up
two blocks to its very own shop.
327 Atlantic Ave., nr. Smith St. 718-596-0991
A South Asian store specializing
in ralli—painstakingly stitched handmade quilts from Pakistan—
at a reasonable price ($275).
(6.) Town & Country Antiques
352 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-875-7253
Joseph Giallo’s willingness to negotiate sets him apart from other dealers on the avenue,
and his refreshingly small store
is full of interesting nineteenth- and twentieth-century furniture.
(7.) Urban Monster
396 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St. 718-855-6400
T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like I ALREADY KNOW MORE THAN THE PRESIDENT are even more desirable postelection. Baby and kids’ clothes and toys are less partisan, and high-quality.
409 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St. 718-852-1572
With over 200 wines, 23 kinds of beer, and a slightly broader menu than most bistros (mushroom ravioli is excellent), this is French food and wine sans l’attitude. Two-for-one entrées draw a big crowd on Wednesday nights.
103 Hoyt St., nr. Atlantic Ave.
Take respite from Downtown Brooklyn’s smog inside these flower-lined walls. Black thumbs can try the air plants—they
don’t need soil or water to grow.
(10.) Boerum Market
402 Atlantic Ave., at Bond St.
A supermarket stuffed into a bodega, piled high with everything from health food to beer.
81 Hoyt St., nr. Atlantic Ave.
Check your cool at this hipster joint set up to look like a Kilimanjaro ski lodge, with rotating D.J.’s who spin
R&B, old-school hip-hop,
(12.) The Victory
71 Hoyt St., at State St.
The regulars at this tiny café come so often, owner Patrick Downey starts making
souped-up cappuccinos before they get through the door. Snag pastries early, especially the almond brioche—by mid-afternoon, the best are gone.
360 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St.
This sleek vintage shop is era-agnostic, with everything from forties pleather office furniture to sixties coffee and dining tables.
(14.) Circa Antiques, Ltd.
377 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St.
An avenue veteran with some
of the finest American classical
and Victorian furniture anywhere—armoires and dressers easily stretch into five figures.
568 Atlantic Ave., nr. Fourth Ave.
This Muslim parfumerie specializes in alcohol-free scented oils—not only sweet-smelling
but good for your skin.
444 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St.
Everything here is made by local artists, including Brooklyn barware sporting area landmarks. Reshaped MetroCards make great tree ornaments.
(17.) Soul Spot
302 Atlantic Ave., nr. Smith St. 718-596-9933
Don’t be put off by the vats of mystery meats congealing under heat lamps—chicken and dumplings accompanied by candied yams, okra, and stewed tomatoes will make your taste buds go mad, for less than $15.
389 Atlantic Ave., nr. Bond St.
Not Gucci or Prada, but Rick Owens and Dries Van Noten.
A pioneer in the avenue’s gentrification, this high-end
designer shop is the first reference point for fashionistas.
(19.) Kea Carpets and Kilims
477 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St.
These unique, customizable carpets scream in bright colors and offbeat patterns for
$2,000 and up. Kilims go to $6,000 for a turn-of-the-century Caucasian.
366 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-422-1147
Owner and designer Yvonne Chu’s custom shantung-silk gowns look awfully pricey but
run about $250 each—a great alternative to puffy prom dresses.
187 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St. 718-624-4550
There’s no better place to stock up for a dinner party than
this legendary Middle Eastern supermarket—grab some Havarti and Fontinella, walnuts, olives, hazelnuts, hummus, filo wraps, and a pack of pita, and friends
will think you prepped for a week.
(22.) Waterfront Ale House
155 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St. 718-522-3794
A great pub-style restaurant with a vast array of beers and surprisingly tasty food, including plates paired with brews and
a curious cast of game burgers.
(23.) Downtown Atlantic
364 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St. 718-852-9945
This kid-friendly neighborhood restaurant has food—like thyme-infused creamy polenta—and
a dimly lit atmosphere aimed at grown-ups. The bakery has assorted cakes and pies.
(24.) Hank’s Saloon
46 Third Ave., nr. Atlantic Ave. 718-625-8003
Behind the intimidating dark windows of this un-self-conscious honky-tonk lurk free barbecue Sunday nights—you can help man the rooftop grill—and
the psychobilly sounds of the New Jack Ramblers. The red states never had it this good.
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