But savvy shoppers have also lately come to realize that the borough has quickly becoming an epicenter of mid-century modern. This is where you’ll find a dizzying mix of high-end stores, too-hip-for-words storefronts, furniture warehouses and weekly flea markets.
Here’s a smattering of offerings, in no particular order.
A good place to start is Baxter & Leibchen, 33 Jay Street, in DUMBO. All of its stock is authentic vintage with many designer pieces painstakingly restored to their original beauty with period accurate techniques.
For the easily over-whelmed, the shop provides design services, helping you put together a decor that matches your dreams and your budget. This Fall, it relocates to Manhattan, so you might want to get there before it turns yupscale, especially since everything is on sale!
Two Jakes, 320 Wythe Avenue, in trendy Williamsburg, specializes in 20th century furniture for the home and office with 10,000 square feet of inventory. Tired? Plop down in one of the many Knoll and Herman Miller chairs.
Open Air Modern, 489 Lorimer St., also in Williamsburg, is a carefully curated shop specializing in rare books that also offers affordable mid-century modern furniture, lighting and decor.
Don’t be put off by the clutter and dolls’ heads at rePop, 143 Roebling Ave., also in Williamsburg. Everything has been carefully selected and the chaos is purposeful. Look for jewelry, small collectibles, and lighting.
I Like Mike’s, 161 Decatur St., is a workspace/gallery located on the garden floor of a historic Bed-Stuy brownstone and is open by appointment only. Mike specializes in refurbishing high and low-end mid-century furniture.
Meeker Avenue Vintage & Antiques, 391 Leonard, in Williamsburg, doesn’t especially specialize n Mid-Century wares, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.
It’s a cavernous 80,000 square-foot warehouse filled with furniture that is far from pristine. But if you don’t mind nicks, dents and other signs of wear and tear, it’s a veritable rite of passage.
And speaking of rites of passage, ten minutes into your first visit at Brooklyn Flea , and you’ll find yourself readily agreeing with The New York Times, which dubbed it “one of the great urban experiences in New York.”
From April through November, the market takes place on Satrudays in Fort Greene, and on Sundays in Williamsburg,. It features 150 local and regional vendors of furniture, clothing, jewelry, vinyl records and food.
Plan to spend at least two hours navigating this colorful maze of collectibles, ethnic foods and world-class people-watching.