Bird in the NY Post
Yes, the streets still offer a never-ending parade of tattooed, skinny-jean-clad 20-somethings of the Nylon magazine set, but the nabe has some seriously grown-up shops just off the L train, with price tags to match. “There’s a really elevated taste level,” says blogger Lara Speier, a 24-year-old TriBeCa resident who chronicles boutiques on her blog, Thestoretorialist.com.
●DON’T MISS: Bird (203 Grand St.; 718-388-1655) — Trendsetter Jennifer Mankins opened the third outpost of her Brooklyn fashion mecca off the scrum of Bedford Avenue. With brands such as Rag & Bone, Whit and Proenza Schouler, it’s her roomiest shop yet. Bearded hipsters who favor woodsy heritage brands such as Woolrich will also have a field day. “My three favorite stores are Bird, Oak and ID — and they’re all in Williamsburg,” says Williamsburg resident Sam Agnello (who doesn’t have a beard). “They’re specialized, smaller shops, and the people that work there recognize you when you walk in. They have the same brands as Bloomingdale’s and all the other big stores, but I prefer the intimacy and attention of these shops.”
By KIRSTEN FLEMING and ALISA WOLFSON