Best indie shops: Greenpoint



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  • Alter

  • District Dog

  • Hayden-Harnett

  • Junk

  • Junk

  • Kill Devil Hill

  • The Thing


Co-owners Roy Caires and Tommy Cole sum up the stock at their two stores, located right across the street from one another as: "funky, easy-to-wear and affordable." And indeed, the racks and shelves at each minimalist shop are stuffed with such hip, inexpensive brands as Kill City, Cheap Monday, Rojas, Mary Meyer and Zuriick. The couple constantly updates the store's blog with its latest finds, many of which sell out within a week. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off everything in the shop through Wednesday 21. Alter men's, 109 Franklin St between Greenpoint Ave and Milton St * Alter women's, 140 Franklin St between Greenpoint Ave and Milton * (718-784-8818,

Echoing the prim and proper (yet still sexy) feel of the clothes, the racks and shelves at family-run Dalaga are beautifully and meticulously laid-out. Diehards stop in several times a week just to make sure they haven't missed the unveiling of the newest Ark & Co. dress ($75--$150) or Chelsea Crew footwear ($48--$88). Owner Michelle Mangiliman, who doubled the store's size in 2007, also sells pieces by local jewelers like By Boe. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off any one item through May 16. 150 Franklin St between Java and Kent Sts (718-389-4049,

District Dog
The success of co-owner Bea Boado's online organic dog-clothing business, Kaschi, spawned this popular Greenpoint pet boutique. Head to the Driggs Avenue location for a wider selection of products and a grooming spa, but don't overlook the Franklin Street store's 7,000-square-foot day care and boarding facilities. Eco-friendly toys, all-natural food, and grooming products from brands like Stella & Chewy's and Molly Mutt range from $5 to $150, while locally made treats (carob-and-yogurt candies, yum!) are a good alternative to supermarket fare. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all Stella & Chewy's all-natural dog and cat treats through May 12. 216 Franklin St between Green and Huron Sts (718-710-0707, * 142 Driggs Ave at Russell St (718-290-7434)

Fred Flare
Anyone who's ever visited the Fred Flare blog knows that masterminds Keith Carollo and Chris Bick champion all things cute. That exuberance shines through in their boutique's hip, colorful (mostly women's) clothing ($10--$80), jewelry ($10--$50), electronics accessories ($6--$68), and home decor items ($1--$129). Decorative store themes, such as Spray-Painted Ponies and Hot New York, keep the space looking as lively as the bric-a-brac it sells. TONY deal: Mention TONY or enter discount code "fftimeout.10" when shopping online for 20 percent off everything through May 22. 131 Meserole Ave at Leonard St (718-599-9221,

From the Source
Since 2003, this 25,000-square-foot warehouse, which was once a rope mill for ships and barges, has housed an exquisite collection of Indonesian wooden furniture, much of which retains the markings of the original trees. Customers can select finished pieces (a starfish-shaped teak coffee table for $350) or design their own; at the lower end of the price spectrum, pick up sonokeling-link place mats ($23). TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 15 percent off everything in the shop through April 28. 69 West St between Milton and Noble Sts (718-729-3026,

It was the Hayden-Harnett Havana hobo handbag that put co-owner Toni Hacker's designs on the map—and the same meticulous craftsmanship marks the duo's line of elegant dresses, jackets and swimwear. Earthy souvenirs like hand-printed cards and scented oils are sourced from artist friends, so be sure to ask for the background story. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 5 percent off, in addition to H-H's storewide fifth-anniversary discount of 25 percent, through April 26. 211 Franklin St at Freeman St (718-349-2247,

This tidier version of the Williamsburg thrift haven shills comic books (69 each), vintage costume jewelry ($3), bizarro taxidermy displays ($100 and up), and plenty of kitschy glasses, mugs and pitchers ($3--$15). But for the real finds, head to the back—what the management calls the "rustic corner"—to discover antique trunks, crates, frames, rocking chairs and stools. 214 Franklin St between Green and Huron Sts (no phone)

Kill Devil Hill
Co-owners Mary Brockman and Mark Straiton's long, slender shop perfectly synthesizes the functional (furniture, paint) and the frivolous (pickled beets, penny candy). Everywhere you turn you'll see something fascinating: mermaid bottle-openers, Seana Gordon high-waisted sailor shorts, even WWII semaphore flags. Check out the sea-themed "art saloon" in back, where shoppers can lounge on Victorian furniture while browsing vintage prints and works by a rotating crop of artists. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all army surplus survival gear through April 30. 170 Franklin St between Java and Kent Sts (347-534-3088,

Le Grenier
This darling home design store overlooks the East River and has a garden in back—giving shoppers with decorating on the brain some idyllic fodder as inspiration. Owner Maya Marzolf hits the road every month to hunt down antiques (and antique-ish items, like Kate Austin's vintage letterpress greeting cards), and you can easily spend hours rifling through the variety of dishware and lamps. TONY deal: Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off everything in the shop through Wednesday 21. 19 Greenpoint Ave between West St and Transmitter Park (718-569-0111,

The Thing
This decade-old shop is a pack rat's paradise: New items constantly pour in from a nearby storage warehouse, and no square inch of shelf or floor space ever goes unused. Hit-or-miss clothes sit alongside secondhand housewares (waffle irons, espresso makers), knickknacks and costume jewelry, while in the back, records, books and CDs number in the thousands. Prices can be arbitrary, so ask nicely. 1001 Manhattan Ave between Green and Huron Sts (718-349-8234)


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