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Bencraft Hatters (former)

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Go-to hat store for over 65 years

Place Details

Borough : Brooklyn
Neighborhood : Williamsburg
Commercial, Business and Industry, Shopping

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Bencraft Hatters has been located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn for over sixty-five years. Today, the beloved boutique is run by third-generation owner Steven Goldstein, whose grandfather, Ben Goldstein, founded the business in 1948. Ben’s own father fabricated and sold hats in Poland, and returned to the old country shortly after World War I. But Ben and his brothers all had a great affinity for New York, as well as the local hat trade. Ben’s son, the late Stanley Goldstein, took charge of Bencraft in 1954, right as the business moved to its longtime Broadway and Havemeyer Street home, just astride the bustling confluence of the Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and the J/M/Z train trestle. Despite the changing demographics of their north Brooklyn environs, Bencraft’s time-honored inventory is as popular as ever, and is now sought by style-savvy newcomers as well as the Goldstein’s stalwart Orthodox Jewish...

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