DUMBO House member and arbiter of style Kalysse Anthony gives us the inside track on her local hangouts

'The art scene is definitely growing here, along with small businesses, galleries and space like DUMBO House for people to connect,’ says model, stylist and girl about town, Kalysse Anthony (@kalyseeanthony), when asked how her local area is evolving. ‘Compared to the city, everyone can appreciate the vibes, so it’s becoming a haven for young creatives.’

Brooklyn is well known for fostering artistic talent and ideas, but as more people move in and the area becomes gentrified, where is the best place to see its authentic side? ‘I’m inspired by all my surroundings and grateful to be around so much beauty, culture and diversity. There is still a strong sense of community in many areas,’ Anthony says. ‘I love walking around Bed-Stuy and embracing that feeling. The energy is upbeat.’ And when it comes to making your mark? ‘You have to be willing to put the work in and have the talent to back it up. The hustle contributes to that because if you don’t put yourself out there, you’ll never get the experience and resources you need to stand out from thousands of other creatives, doing the same thing.’

With that in mind, Anthony puts the spotlight on some of her own local favourites, from spaces owning self-care to stores showcasing design classics.


FAVORITE VIBE: Cafe Erzulie
‘Cafe Erzulie is one of my favourite three-in-one nightlife spots. Not far from my apartment, the front window has a small flower display and inside is a cute cafe area, with a beautiful backyard terrace. It is responsible for providing the vibes in Bushwick, hosting events a few nights a week, including jazz, live performances by young emerging artists and bashment parties with amazing local DJs. I hosted one of my own two summers ago for my birthday.’ 894 Broadway 11206; cafeerzulie.com

GO-TO CONCEPT STORE: Sincerely, Tommy
‘My local go-to for modern and vintage looks, this is a beautiful women’s lifestyle concept store in Bed-Stuy that has clothing, accessories, home goods and market finds. It recently added an in-house coffee bar as well.’ 343 Tompkins Avenue 11216; sincerelytommy.com

BEST FOR BOOKS: Greenlight Bookstore
‘One of my favourite local book stores in Fort Greene.’ 686 Fulton Street 11217; greenlightbookstore.com

HEALTH FIX: HealHaus
‘HealHaus offers healing services, yoga, meditation classes and events focusing on holistic health. Self-care is important to me – I love that a place like this exists in the community.’ 1082 Fulton Street 11238; healhaus.com

FOR SPICE LOVERS: Birds of a Feather
‘This Szechuan restaurant serves richly-flavoured, family-style food. My favourites are the dumplings and fried soft-shell crab, but everything on the menu is truly divine.’ 191 Grand Street 11211; birdsofafeatherny.com

BEST NIGHT OUT: Lovers Rock
‘A Bed-Stuy staple, this cosy, red-lit bar serves great cocktails. I’m guaranteed to have a good time when I grab a rum punch and catch a vibe to the sounds of dancehall, soca and R&B.’ 419 Tompkins Avenue 11216; loversrocknyc.com

FEEL AT HOME WITH: Home Union
‘Great furniture store for vintage pieces and home goods.’ 369 Hooper Street 11211; homeunionnyc.com

GO-TO MEXICAN SPOT: Chilo’s
‘A Mexican bar with a patio seating area serving the best tacos out of a food truck. I recommend the chorizo and shrimp.’ 323 Franklin Avenue 11238; chilosbk.com

WORTH A TRIP: MoCADA
‘The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts has small but cool exhibits. I love what it is doing to bring awareness to the culture.’ 80 Hanson Place 11217; mocada.org

FOR ART LOVERS: Picture Room
‘This shop sells prints, posters, books, fine art and sculptures by emerging and established contemporary artists.’ 117 Atlantic Avenue 11201; pictureroom.shop

Soho House DUMBO

Located off Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO House has a restaurant, club bar, library, an outdoor terrace and rooftop with a pool, all with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, East River and Lower Manhattan.