District Guide: Brooklyn, New York City
seen by Jeremy Mitchell, blogger & photographer
The beauty of metropolises lies in the diversity of its inhabitants; there’s only one kind of person that sometimes seems rather hard to find: someone who was actually born there. Jeremy Mitchell, J. Mitch for short, is one of those rare specimens. Born and raised in New York, the photographer and blogger strides through the city, always on the look out for new creative adventures and locations to shoot. While his professional work is focused on fashion, in his personal projects he likes to venture out with different styles of shooting and unexpected topics like ballet.
“Brooklyn gives you the freedom to express yourself and be yourself in a town created from authenticity.”
Where do you get most inspired? If I’m not on the internet looking for inspiration or traveling in search of new ideas, I‘m probably people watching in downtown Brooklyn or Williamsburg.
Why does your job perfectly match your city? Everything you need is here. Literally everything. The perfect backdrops, the people. Style. Everything.
The most photogenic place of the city is Dumbo - short for ‘down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass’. It’s a tourist attraction with 300 thousand visitors a week. From weddings and engagements to graduations and fashion editorials, everything is shot here because it’s so cinematic!
You can find the nicest vintage clothes in Downtown Brooklyn. There are vintage and thrift shops on every block! I have a buddy named Ouigi who owns a store called The Brooklyn Circus. It’s a mixture of vintage garments as well as modern-day pieces. It’s well worth the visit; it also smells nice.
2. The Brooklyn Circus | 150 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, @Thebkcircus
If you can‘t get enough of shopping, go to Kith.
3. Kith | 233 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, @kith
How do you spend a Sunday in Brooklyn? Usually around this time of the year on Sundays, after I attend my religious function, I bike over to Brooklyn Bridge Park and just vibe out. A blanket, pen, paper and McDonald’s apple pie sets the mood for me.The best place for your daily exercise is Prospect Park.
4. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY 1121A sweet tooth needs to go to Mia‘s Brooklyn Bakery.
5. Mia‘s Brooklyn Bakery | 139 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, @miasbakerybk
For best Italian food go to Cecconi’s Dumbo.
6. Cecconi’s Dumbo | 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, @cecconisdumbo
To take out your date for dinner, go to Cafe Rue Dix.
7. Cafe Rue Dix | 1451 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216, @caferuedix
Nice interior and New American cuisine you can find at Cafè Colette.
8. Cafè Colette | 79 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, @cafe_colette
You need to eat at my favorite Jamaican restaurant called VEE’S. At Vee’s you’re going to get authentic West Indian food. I make sure to get the usual — rice and peas, fried plantains and oxtail.
9. VEE’S | 967 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 11225 NY
My urban oasis is the 1 Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge located in Dumbo. It has everything you need for a solid summer day. It has a great rooftop bar that oversees a beautiful view of the city. A cozy coffee shop with a monochromatic interior. Three dope bars you want a drink in. A lounged area with occasional live music from NYC locals. Perfect for a quick shoot.
10. 1 Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge | 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, 11201 NY, @1hotels