Essential stops on the Brokelyn teen tour

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Fred Flare photo by Stefan Tonio

For the Brooklyn teen in search of ways to stretch that ever-waning allowance dollar, five ways to work it out:

What happens when you gather all the cutest merchandise one could possibly find and put it in one store for sale? You get Fred Flare (left) The brand with the ultimate cute factor has been an online shop for over 10 years, with affordable and stylish findings: clothing, accessories, home goods, etc.  But they just recently opened a physical location in Greenpoint. With nice employees and a cheerful design, this little store could be the happiest place in Brooklyn. Fred Flare, 131 Meserole Ave, 718-349-1257,

Date night? strategically plan it for Tuesday or Thursday, when you can hit up Cobble Hill Cinemas for their $6.50 discounted movie ticket at any hour. Bonus: Your savings smarts may get you an extended curfew. Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street, 718-596-9113

The East Village’s Exit 9, a quirky store that curates unusual products from around the world, has a thriving second location in Cobble Hill. From adorable bag charms to aesthetically pleasing notebooks to off-the-wall gag gifts, Exit 9 has something for everyone in every price range. And even if you don’t end up buying anything, you could easily spend a brief eternity looking at all the fun stuff! Exit9, 127 Smith Street, 718-422-7720.

Photo by Stefan Tonio.
Exit 9 photo by Stefan Tonio.

Paddle the Gowanus Canal. It’s free. And it’s practically an environmental studies class out on the canal, so you can feel all educated while you float on the murky water. Email the Dredgers for an updated schedule and get your float on. Canoe with the Dredgers events depart from 2nd Street near Bond Street, [email protected], 718.243-0849

Target First Saturdays: Yep, teenagers love the Brooklyn Museum’s once-a-month house parties too. There are cultural exhibits and talks, but there are also bands, food and major mingling. NAs Elite ’09 said on, “This event pretty much restored my faith in humanity and the world.” Target First Saturdays, 200 Eastern Pkwy between Classon Ave & Washington avenues, (718) 638-5000.

Anne Ichikawa and Melissa Walker are the Brooklyn-based creators of, a newsletter of style and entertainment tips for teens. Sign up at

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  1. Don’t forget Fourplay on 7th Ave. near 11th Street in Park Slope. Lots of fun, well-priced stuff with big sales section in the back.

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