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A Street Called Bergen

Jason Schwartzman

For a few years now Slopers have watched that little patch of Bergen Street between Flatbush and Fifth Avenues grow into an adorable shopper’s enclave.  Each shop boasts a colorful sign that pokes out from the storefront, lending a whimsical, unifying touch to the burgeoning retail row.

You can bop along Bergen scooping up yogawear at lululemon athletica, er, playthings, at Babeland, on-trend maternity clothes at Bump, vintage and unusual threads at Eponymy and men’s streetwear at Private Stock. Or you can relive that recent Zach Galifianakis and Jason Schwartzman scene from HBO’s Bored to Death and duck into Bergen Street Comics to catch up on some reading.

But of course that Bergen Street is already established. The other Bergen that’s been calling to the Brooklyn Gal lately is the block in Cobble Hill between Court and Smith Streets.

Ok, it’s not exactly a new destination and it’s not totally hopping, either, but in the past few months a few noteworthy newcomers have quietly opened on this quirky stretch, including Broken English, a brick-walled Italian wine bar that takes advantage of its wide sidewalk with outdoor seating and a large warehouse branch of a favorite Court Street haunt Fork & Pencil, overflowing with antiques, home furnishings and bric-a-brac, old and new. Across the street stands Invisible Dog, an interdisciplinary multi-floor arts center that opened about a year ago in a converted factory space where you can buy unique, collectible dishes and edgy jewelry, take in a riveting gallery show or watch a dance performance, all in one  venue. A few doors down: Muriel Guepin Gallery, an airy space featuring mostly Brooklyn-based artists.

Food. Art. Jewelry. Knick-knacks. It’s all happening on the other Bergen Street. Just a few more reasons why the Brooklyn Gal loves her borough.