Photo via @stonefruitespresso
Okay, we know the concrete jungle isn’t the greenest of places. Let’s start with some simple math. There are about 8.4 million people living in New York City across the five boroughs, and according to milliontreesNYC, there are only about 592,130 trees (omg what?!) on public streets. This means there are .07 trees per person living in NYC. Blugh. Or, explained in complex emoji infographic form…
But who would we be as New Yorkers if we weren’t at least a little savvy? Below, you’ll find some of the coolest spaces in Brooklyn that will take you away to a greener world (at least temporarily)—with interior design elements that we’re sure will inspire you to create a little peaceful retreat of your own.
Did we just step into Tulum? This beautiful shot by @lan__yan sure feels like it.
Wait, where are we? Located on an unassuming street in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, Stonefruit Espresso+Kitchen will transport you to another world. We love their holistic farm-to-table approach in crafting every aspect of their business. They focus on healthy living and creating all of their products in a sustainable way—meaning organic farming practices and using seasonal produce.
You’ll get to sip on your cappuccino while basking in a gorgeously designed interior, flooded with natural light. And, to top it off, they have a plant and flower shop that will make all of your flower crown dreams come true.
Working hard or hardly working? @alkaled09 shows us inside Devocion’s beautiful space
Amazing coffee in an even more incredible space—what more could you ask for? Devoción has managed to transform an industrial brick building close to Williamsburg’s Waterfront into a destination spot for quality coffee and relaxation. In the main room, you’ll find a two-story vertical garden, featuring plants from Colombia, where Devoción is originally from and where they source all of their coffee beans.
@catgreenleaf snaps the perfect date night setting
Breathe cleaner while you eat at Atrium DUMBO. This well-loved restaurant in the DUMBO neighborhood features a 15×6-foot vertical garden. Enjoy your beetroot tartare and icelandic cod with some extra oxygen on the side.
House of Small Wonder
@rosiedargenzio captures the charming ambience of this Williamsburg spot
Soak up some sunrays through the skylights of this beautiful space in WIlliamsburg. Welcome to House of Small Wonder—also known as A Tree Grows In[side] Brooklyn. That’s right, there’s a real, living two-decades old ash tree in the middle of this gorgeous sanctuary. You’ll also find orchids, hanging ivies, and other green items peppered into the space. The owners were inspired by European cafes, where the focus is on creating the perfect ambience and place to meet with friends and family.
Food is as equal of a priority as atmosphere is here. On the menu, you’ll find tasty go-to brunch items like an Avocado Goat Cheese Sandwich and Croissant French Toast. But our personal favorite? The Okinawan Taco Rice—as they describe it, it’s a “tex-mex favorite with a Mexican twist.”
@edenworksgrows shares a peek into their products
We love places owned by people with big hearts! Located among all the lovely warehouses of East Williamsburg and Bushwick, you’ll find this awesome rooftop urban farm called Edenworks, equipped with beautiful skylights and interior design. Their mission is to use natural ecosystems and awesome hydroponic technology to grow the best produce. While this little piece of green heaven isn’t always publicly accessible—stay on the lookout. They sometimes have tours!