The 25 Coolest New Businesses In Brooklyn


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Louis Coluccio is the owner of A.L.C. Italian Grocery in Bay Ridge.

Often chided as the "hipster" or "stroller central" outer borough, Brooklyn, New York, is home to a thriving and diverse small business scene.

We scoured its 71 square miles, as far north as Greenpoint and deep as Bay Ridge, to find the shops, restaurants, bars, and startups worth the trek from Manhattan.


What sets this collection apart from our regular Coolest Small Businesses lists is the number of companies run by native Brooklynites.

"Owning a business in Brooklyn, as a lot of my family members had in generations before me, means a lot in terms of being able to make something and sell it in a place I was born and raised," says Bridget Firtle, owner of small-batch distillery The Noble Experiment NYC. "It's super rewarding."

For this list we focused on businesses that opened within the past five years or so. Know a cool business we missed? Let us know in the comments.