SALES ASSOCIATE / CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR • OPENING CEREMONY
Riley Gallagher is one of those cool girls who has no idea how cool she is. From the second she opened the door to her Bushwick apartment, Riley’s breezy attitude had us romping around and forgetting how serious people get about being trendy in Brooklyn. The Opening Ceremony staffer’s impeccable personal style reflects her journey from the west coast to the east coast, and there’s no doubt that she brought some California sunshine with her. —Madeline Turner
TAKE A GIRL FRIEND: HOMECOMING
I remember stumbling upon Homecoming (when it was still called Café Spina) on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram a while back now and knew that I had to go. It’s a haven that involves all of my favorite things in one location: Plants, tea, and knick-knacks. From the moment I stepped inside my day was made brighter. It’s one of those places that just makes you happy, it just feels sunny inside and reminds me of home in Los Angeles. It’s simple.
What I get: I always order an iced tea and a doughnut and then tend to walk out with anything from a mini cactus to postcard.
107 Franklin St., BKLYN
GO-TO SHOP: SPROUT HOME
Back to my favorite things: Moving to New York made me realize how much I love plants. Like it may have become an obsession and the reason why I love Sprout Home is because it feels like a jungle inside. Well maybe not that hectic, but it’s nice. One day my roommate and I rode our bikes to Sprout and I ended up biking a four foot tall palm all the way home with me, sticking out of my backpack like a freak. It was great. Also all the employees at Sprout are super knowledgeable so they can help with any plant woes. At the rate I’m going there, I will very soon have a jungle of my own.
44 Grand St., BKLYN
TAKE A GUY FRIEND:
Hey, I like boobs as much as the next guy, as well as a good joke, oh and BBQ. Combine these ingredients into a bar with board games and you get Boobie Trap. I haven’t even been that often and it’s still my new favorite place. They have a skeleton in the doorway to greet you when you walk in and if you’re lucky you can take some shots with the bartenders. Play some Connect Four. You’re golden. It’s golden. I love it. PS. They have a jar full of hair-ties glued to the toilet tank, it’s very thoughtful.
308 Bleecker St., BKLYN
EAT: FRITZL'S LUNCHBOX
Best burger in Brooklyn and dare-i-say all of NYC. Just go there. I mean, all of the other food is delicious as well and the menu is small so you don’t get overwhelmed, but that burger, I’m drooling thinking of it. My roommate worked there for a bit and I was probably eating there every week. That was an amazing moment in time. They also have Pies n’ Thighs Pies so you’ll leave full and happy every time.
173 Irving Ave., BKLYN
READ: BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY
Now here’s a place that you can get lost in, figuratively of course. Have you heard of it? So the Sketchbook Project is this awesome concept. You order a sketchbook from them, do anything you want with it, and mail it back. The Brooklyn Art Library is one of the homes for all these amazing sketchbooks from all over the world. It’s such a magical place to be able to view these intimate pieces of art and discover new things.
103A N 3rd St., BKLYN
DANCE: BABY'S ALL RIGHT
I like Baby’s All Right because it’s both spacious and cozy at the same time. In fact it’s a venue that offers a multitude of things. I’ve been there for shows and I’ve been there for parties. I’ve even just met a few friends there for a drink. It’s one of those places that you can just end up at and have a good time. They also have crocodile’s holding lamps in their mouths. That’s always a plus.
146 Broadway, BKLYN
THINK: ODD FELLOWS ICE CREAM
Ice cream is the best. It’s even better when it’s handmade. Odd Fellows Brooklyn location is their flagship store so their ice cream is as fresh as you can get it. They have different flavors every day as well so you’ll never get sick of them. Plus they’re all good, even the out of the ordinary ones. I haven’t been disappointed yet!
175 Kent Ave., BKLYN