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  • FORTRESSES OF SOLITUDE

    for addressing the need of writing spots in the CARROLL GARDENS area, as well as the occasional meeting place. locations arranged by proximity to union street.

    • May 2014
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  • Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

    1

    Ice Cream

    by no means a first choice for writing but will suffice in a pinch. must absolutely be avoided on tuesdays & thursdays as it becomes a defacto day care center.

  • Henry's Local Café

    2

    Coffee Shop

    charming and nostalgically decorated, there's sitting room for 8 customers. excellent coffee. best early in the morning. gets noisy and crowded later on.

  • Abilene

    3

    Lounge

    not a bad spot for end of the day work, where one will encounter folks with laptops sipping beer by the windows. that said, i rarely make it over here.

  • Le Petit Cafe

    4

    Breakfast

    only reason to go here is to escape the bitter winter temperatures by retreating into the covered back garden, where it's warm & semi-tropical. a decent plan B.

  • Ted & Honey

    5

    Sandwiches

    weekdays during early mornings, or take the coffee to go and get some writing done in nearby cobble park. healthy fare on the menu. above average coffee.

  • 61 Local

    6

    Bar

    odd juxtaposition of derelict décor, a haggard staff that presides over a cavernous room full of laptop-toting daytrippers who size everyone up as they walk in.

  • One Girl Cookies

    7

    Bakery

    a very small room off to the side that is rarely crowded means an hour or two of productivity. will also work as a quiet spot for a meeting.

  • Rucola

    8

    Italian

    best for morning meetings and not for actual writing or sketching. lovely coffee and food, inspiring décor that evokes woodsy cottages and summerhouses.

  • Building on Bond

    9

    American

    many a writer spied here (mr. lethem too). works best early mornings. around noon, the stroller set begins to impose itself. avoid on weekends. dodgy wifi.

  • Home/Made

    10

    American

    only an occasional visitor. the vibe remains low key and homey. good coffee, a garden, brunch on weekends. what's not to like? sometimes spotty opening hours.

  • Baked

    11

    Bakery

    a third option in red hook. pros: there's usually a bench available for writing, good coffee. cons: often crowded, vibe a bit uptight, despite whimsical décor.

  • Fort Defiance

    12

    American

    used to be a great writing spot, but with red hook's increase in population, it's rarely quiet here. love the coffee and the vibe, but i'm an infrequent guest.

  • One Girl Cookies

    13

    Bakery

    much more spacious than its cobble hill counterpart. good for a meeting and the occasional sit-down for writing. downside is that it's popular with tourists.

  • Nunu Chocolates

    14

    Chocolate Shop

    a semi-secret oasis while it lasts. only room for 5 or 6 customers. a good spot to get some writing or brainstorming done, buffeted by aromas of chocolate!

  • Urban Vintage

    15

    Café

    by arriving early, before the pratt students get in, one normally can find an open table. i like the ambiance & staff while menu offers many healthy options.

Christian Svanes Kolding

Christian Svanes Kolding