Field trip: Franklin Street

This off-the-radar strip in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, captures the nabe's artsy vibe with indie goods by fledgling labels.

Hayden-Harnett Design: Shop

Though local brand Hayden-Harnett’s slouchy leather satchels are staples at many a Manhattan boutique including Wink and Leontine, founders Toni Hacker and Ben Harnett chose a quiet corner of northern Brooklyn for their first flagship. Complete with a wooden antelope head, pressed-tin ceilings and groovy diamond-print wallpaper, the homey emporium dishes up HH’s superfemme clothing including sleek anoraks ($298) and elegant metallic-linen sheath dresses ($298) along with Thomas Paul silk throw pillows (from $74) and luxe French-milled soaps ($4 and up) by La Compagnie de Provence. But if you came in on a mission for some new arm candy, you won’t be disappointed: A bevy of handbags flank the white walls, including mod geometric-print coin purses ($28) and cotton satchels ($285) featuring exploded plaids by French textiles designer Paule Marrot. 211 Franklin St at Freeman St (718-349-2247)

Permanent Records

Sure, the white-earbud set rules the G train but vinyl lovers can paw through hundreds of LPs at this light-filled album haven. The genre-spanning range of 45s should keep both jazz lovers and rockers happy, and bins of CDs provide a more up-to-date selection of tunes. Folks can also sell and trade their music collections while catching free in-store shows every month. 181 Franklin St between Green and Huron Sts (718-383-4083)


Owner Michelle Mangiliman named her frilly joint after the Tagalog term for “a quintessential woman in her prime,” but guys won’t feel neglected. Though the space—decked out with a Victorian bedroom set—verges on supergirly, racks of wallet-friendly dresses ($45–$300) from Mangiliman’s own line mingle with pared-down men’s shirts ($50–$110) from culty West Coast brand Shades of Greige and Hudson jeans ($156–$187), providing enticing loot for both genders. 150 Franklin St between Greenpoint Ave and Kent St (718-389-4049)


Designer Roy Caires and photographer Tommy Cole’s punky boutique landed across the street from rustic bar the Pencil Factory just over a year ago, but it’s already become a fixture for those in the know. The two-room spot hosts a well-edited and ever-changing array of edgy clothes and accessories such as dapper men’s brogues ($140) from minimalist footwear firm Schmoove, Renee C striped asymmetric sweaters ($65) for the ladies and Caires’s and Cole’s collaborative effort, This Old Thing?, which is a line of reworked vintage pieces. Caires and Cole also rotate in more established brands such as Swedish denim company Cheap Monday ($40–$100) and Paul Frank menswear ($52–$85). 109 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave (718-784-8818)


Henry Miller grew up not too far from this quaint literary emporium, one of Little Warsaw’s only outposts for non-Polish books. And though this anti–Barnes & Noble carries classics on par with the Tropic of Cancer author, the quaint shop also proffers more up-to-date titles like Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ($25) and The Great Man from Greenpoint writer Kate Christensen ($24). Folks who are more image-driven will gravitate toward the graphic novel and children’s sections, and the quirky letterpress stationery ($4–$18). But word freaks still reign here thanks to free Scrabble and board game nights every third Tuesday of the month. 126 Franklin St at Milton St (718-383-0096)

Zoe’s Beauty Products

When the cosmetics aisle at Rite Aid won’t suffice, head to this homey primping palace for hard-to-source goods such as Bare Escentuals mineral foundation ($25), creams from German skin-care line Babor ($32–$120), Voluspa candles ($17–$34) and Mason Pearson brushes ($35–$130). The store also doubles as a spa and salon, so you can book a post-spree facial—a bargain at $65 for an hour. 119 Greenpoint Ave between Franklin St and Manhattan Ave (718-383-7400)