Shop local this holiday season

Shop local this holiday season

7th Ave. Park Slope

I hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. In addition to a great meal with family, my daughter Rosa and I had the chance to deliver Thanksgiving meals to some homebound seniors, and to remember just how grateful we are for our many blessings.

One of the many things that I'm thankful for in our neighborhoods are our local, independent businesses. As the holiday shopping season begins, I hope you'll do as much of it as you can with small businesses here in Brooklyn.

Shopping locally keeps money circulating in our communities to help grow other businesses and create new jobs. It reduces the environmental impact of holiday purchases. Small business owners give far more to support local not−for−profit groups. And of course, our neighborhood shopping strips are a big part of Brooklyn's distinct local character and livable neighborhoods. (If you're looking for even more reasons, check out this great list from the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID.)

Here are a few ideas for shopping local this holiday season:

  • Start locally: Before you head online or to a mall, think about how much you can get from neighborhood stores. Think especially about the people in your life who love Brooklyn, and how much they'll appreciate a gift that helps make it stronger.
  • Shop Brooklyn: Check out Borough President Marty Markowitz' I Shop Brooklyn website for neighborhood shopping ideas.
  • Join the 3/50 project: Pick three local businesses you'd most like to support, and commit to spend $50 per month at them.
  • Share your favorite local shopping stories and ideas with us: Email me at lander [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov with your favorite stores and stories – especially of those local businesses who are great employers and neighbors – and we'll share some of them with others on our blog.

You can also check out the web sites of our local BIDs and merchants associations:

Best wishes for safe travels home to anyone who went out of town for Thanksgiving, and good luck to everyone in finding the perfect – and local – holiday gifts for your whole list.


Photo Credit: Save the Slope website