3 Best Places to Shop in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, New York City

Greenlight Bookstore

Fort Greene Fodor's choice
If you build it, they will read. Popular demand—and some vocal attendees of a 2008 community board meeting—augured the opening of this independent bookstore. It now hosts readings by popular national and international authors as well as local book club meetings. The shelves are well stocked with contemporary titles and the staff are eager to help. The children's section in the rear of the store hosts weekly storytelling events.


Fort Greene
This elegantly cozy boutique sells everything you never knew you always wanted. The shelves are filled with handmade jewelry, international textiles, scents by local perfumeries, candles, and whimsical children's toys. It's the perfect place to pick up unusual gifts, though it's hard to resist a little something for yourself.

Gnarly Vines

If only every neighborhood had a devoted wine store like this one, with tasting notes written out for just about every wine in the shop. Owner Brian Robinson is passionate about wine, and his shop is well stocked with budget-friendly bottles as well as rare finds, with an emphasis on family winemakers. Paintings by local artists line the walls, and tastings by local importers, microdistillers, and international labels imbue the space with relaxed, convivial energy.

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