The Fulton Street Mall.
As a Brooklyn native, there are certain places that you can’t help hold dear to your heart. Fulton Street Mall—the collection of stores in downtown Brooklyn that line Fulton from Flatbush Avenue to Adams Street—is sacred. It was my introduction to fashion and the gateway to my obsession with gold. In high school, it was THE hangout. We'd come from all four corners of BK to play hooky and peruse the displays, daydreaming about all that Polo and Iceberg we were going to buy with our allowance. It was like the window-shopping Olympics. We’d haggle with shop owners over Jordans and earrings and side-eye young boys who were not dressed to impress just as we’d swoon over the guys with complete Tommy Hilfiger ensembles. It was where you’d buy customized nameplate plexi keychains with your BFFs.
Calling it a “mall” always felt like a stretch since back then it was just a ton of outdoor, off-brand, non-chain stores but in function (boys and cutting class) it fit the vibe of any mall in America. Over the years, the Jewelry Bazaar was replaced by Armani Exchange and now we even have an H&M! But I still remember the collection of shops fondly and there are a couple of mainstays. Here’s five of my favorite oldies but goodies.