Rachel Antonoff on Brooklyn Heights: “[T]erminally casual. A little kooky.”

Fashion designer and Heights resident Rachel Antonoff, interviewed for Vice and asked how she would “[d]escribe the Brooklyn Heights style” answered: “Relaxed. Extremely casual, terminally casual. A little kooky.” Despite this ambiguous description, she says that, having lived here for one year, she considers it “the friendliest place on earth” and says “the weirdest thing” is that “[e]veryone seems to know each other.” In this respect, she says, it’s like her notion of an ideal home, the fictional Stars Hollow of The Gilmore Girls.

She names some local favorites: Noodle Pudding is her top restaurant; she also likes Clark’s, Iris Cafe, LPQ, Fascati’s Pizza, and says Fortune House is the “most underrated”. For clothing she likes Ann Taylor Loft (partly because it’s next door to LPQ) and Housing Works. She has a dog, and rates Sami of Pet’s Emporium on Montague her “favorite neighborhood character”, but also gives a friendly mention to Rocco & Jezebel on the endangered Pineapple Walk.

Oddly, she says she thinks Henry’s End is a bar. In fact, it’s the one high end local restaurant I can think of that lacks a bar. If you face a long wait for a table, Mark, the owner, may invite you to sit at the Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar, several doors away, which he co-owns with the owner of Cranberry’s (to which Antonoff says she goes frequently), and summon you when your table is ready. Antonoff confesses to knowing little of the local bar scene; perhaps her boyfriend prefers it that way.

Photo: Daniel Silbert.

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  • StudioBrooklyn

    Always happy to hear Sami get the recognition he deserves. I sometimes worry that with the new development of Brooklyn his is a dying breed of local business entity.

  • Roberto Gautier

    We could use more tree advocates in Brooklyn Heights. This includes an awareness that trees need watering, pruning and healthy tree pits with guards. Rachel and others are urged to step up.

  • Cranberry Beret


    I assume she knows how to spell the name of her own street and it’s the writer/editor who got it wrong. (Not that her confusion between Henry’s End and Henry St Ale House inspires confidence.)

    However, here’s the real omission…how can they lead with a reference to Stars Hollow without mentioning that Rory Gilmore herself lives in the Heights?!

  • Jorale-man

    I’m just glad to see a profile of a young person living in the Heights that isn’t the woman from “Girls.” And she clearly spends time here too and has gotten to know the neighborhood.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    Her brother, Jack Antonoff, is the boyfriend of the woman from “Girls”.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Is ‘the woman from Girls’ going nameless for some reason or are we trying to come up with titles for a new Stieg Larsson book?

  • Boerum Bill

    They’re talking about Andrew Rannells.

  • nystrele

    Why do we care what some little girl thinks about the neighborhood? This smells like reality TV, my friend Claude. BH is better than this story!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    The high opinion of our neighborhood held by its successful and well-known inhabitants validates the pride the rest of us take in living here. (My theory, since you asked)

  • Concerned

    This woman seems great with me. She respects the neighborhood and seems like a great addition. Why hate?
    And this is clearly news for a blog about BH. Please. I love this blog, but it’s not the Times.
    And finally, “the woman from girls” is Lena Dunham. She is also a great addition to the neighborhood, except she’s been here since she was young. She used to work at the video store which is now Careland. And now she’s come back to live as a successful young woman.
    Seriously people, these are our neighbors and they are valuable assets who care about the neighborhood. Grow up.

  • Andrew Porter

    I contribute something extra every year when I pay my BHA dues, just for tree care. We lost a lot of trees from Sandy, and many have not been replaced. (Alas, no gingkos were damaged by the storm.)

  • StudioBrooklyn

    (for the record I knew the reference was to Dunham, just found the avoidance of her name a bit awkward so made a joke…god this format is really not conducive to humor…Claude should organize a ‘commenter’s night out’ and we’ll all show up at a bar sometime, two drink minimum, then introduce ourselves)

  • Concerned

    SB, I knew what you were saying and my post was not intended as a retort to your posts. Your humor never escapes me…for better or worse.

  • Roberto Gautier

    Bravissimo! Trees should be seen as part of our infrastructure.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Hah! For worse…I hope you understand why I can only take that as a challenge.

  • Concerned

    Of course.