Red Hook and Erie Basin

by Leslie on May 20, 2011

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The neighborhood of Red Hook, located in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn, has become my favorite place to go on the weekends for a few reasons:

  1. It is the only place I can get to on my bike without having to ride on streets with cars. Bike paths the whole way. No panicked pedaling and bell ringing here. And it is nice to get in a little exercise on the way to and from. It helps eliminate some of the guilt that inevitably follows consuming reasons 2-4.
  2. The best lobster rolls in New York. They bring the lobsters down fresh from Maine!
  3. Pistachio cupcakes and Sweet & Salty cake from Baked. Yumm.
  4. Red Hook Ball Fields Food Trucks serving the most delicious Latin American street food all summer long. There are always long lines, but that just gives me time to eat my grilled corn while waiting for a huarache.
  5. Erie Basin – my all time favorite store.

I discovered Erie Basin when searching for antique earrings to give to a friend a few years back and have been a loyal customer ever since. They specialize in 18th to 20th century jewelry and objects, ranging from classic to quirky. The overwhelmed feeling I get at most antique stores with room after room cluttered with pieces does not happen here. There is a calmness to the store, almost as if you just entered a gallery. Each piece laid out perfectly in a case, complimenting its neighbors. Owner Russell Whitmore is not only nice, but he has incredible taste and such knowledge and passion for each piece. We found our wedding bands there along with numerous gifts over the years. I always stop in when I am in the neighborhood. Even if I am not looking for anything, it’s a pleasure to see Russell’s latest collection. If you are not in New York, you can shop online and see other pieces on their blog.

I hope to make the journey to Red Hook this weekend if this rain ever stops. I haven’t been able to ride my bike in a while and miss it. I hope you have better weather wherever you are! Happy Weekend!

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Melissa May 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Is that where you got my bracelet? I love that!


Leslie May 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm



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