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March 2020

Empire Stores: Where to Shop on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Although the weather has been uneven this season, New York City is still in the grip of winter. It's a time of year when you can appreciate the stillness the chilly weather brings or wonder at subtle, cinematic moments on the snow-dusted cobblestone streets of Dumbo. And despite frosty temps that keep New Yorkers indoors during the cold season, residents of the new Brooklyn condos for sale at 98 Front still have plenty to do, like working out in the state-of-the-art gym, taking a rejuvenating dip in the saltwater pool, and sweating off the winter blues in the sauna.

While you may consider passing the winter entirely within the walls of your Dumbo condo at 98 Front — and it is tempting, since these homes remain bright and airy even in the dead of winter — you really shouldn’t. The neighborhood surrounding these luxury Brooklyn condos is brimming with activity. And you don't have to look far to find a place to while away these last few frigid weeks. Just head over to Empire Stores, a brand-new shopping center in historic digs that's sure to keep you entertained, well fed, and in fashion.

Empire Stores was originally a group of warehouses whose construction reaches back to 1869. It was a coffee storage warehouse in the early 20th century, when the Brooklyn waterfront was a bustling hub of commerce where goods from around the world could be found. Today, Empire Stores has transformed to become a modern shopper's paradise in a neighborhood that's now a bustling hub of tech and business. You’ll still find goods from around the world, but now they are items that are sure to please the sophisticated tastes of Dumbo residents.

The architectural details of this waterfront icon, such as its giant arched windows, may evoke the past, but this new Brooklyn shopping institution is rooted very securely in the present. Here's a guide to the best of the best at Empire Stores.

Any true shopper will tell you that even modest sprees require serious fuel — it takes real energy to carry all of those bags and try on all of those clothes. If you're shopping at Empire Stores, your options for eats are top-notch. Visit Cecconi’s for a contemporary take on traditional Italian food, like their mouthwatering pasta, sauced to perfection; or wood- and charcoal-fired fish and meats. Yes, the food is marvelous, but the main entrees in this unique location are the views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan skyline, and the sparkling East River. And for a totally upscale seafood experience, book a table at Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill. Enjoy the industrial-chic atmosphere as you feast on sumptuous sushi, ceviche, oysters, and more.

Now that you have something to sustain you, it’s time to hit the shops. J.Crew is a solid place to start for all of your wardrobe essentials. You’ll find smart all-American silhouettes and quality materials for work and everyday wear. For luxury goods, look no further than Shinola for coveted watches, bags, and even bicycles you can ride along the waterfront. Looking for the perfect piece of furniture for your 98 Front apartment? West Elm provides well-designed, high-quality pieces that will fit any taste.

Shopping takes a lot out of a person. But not to worry. At Empire Stores, there is more than one way to unwind and recharge. For those with a penchant for history, the Brooklyn Historical Society offers an exhibition at Empire Stores where you can learn more about the Brooklyn waterfront. Or, if you just want to take it easy (and look great), luxuriate in the indulgent tonsorial services at Fellow Barber — a new haircut, a relaxing shave, or the Benjamin Button Facial are ideal ways to decompress after a hard day of retail therapy. And while you’re at it, you might want to pick up some of their products to use at home in your spacious bathroom at 98 Front.