There are only a few qualities that really matter when it comes to movers, and yet there are so many terrible experiences one can have with them: hidden fees, late shows, no-shows, stealing, damage, breakage...Rabbit Movers keeps it simple, and this is why they shine. With low prices ($60/hr for 2 movers and a van, $70/hr for 2 movers and a truck, or $85/hr for 3 movers and a truck, as of January '05) and movers who are both careful and efficient--not to mention courteous, honest, and shockingly fast--Rabbit makes hiring movers well worth the (very reasonable) cost. They can be a little hard to get in touch with, but it's definitely worth calling them until you get through. They also have a habit of beating their initial time estimates, so that they cost less than they say they will.
Beacon's Closet is rather overwhelming when you first walk in--this warehouse-sized used-clothes emporium is like mecca for the secondhand set. If your old clothes are hip (and seasonal) enough, you can sell them for store credit (or cash, but you don't get as much), and go crazy buying more. Because this is Williamsburg, there's a lot of cool stuff, but because this is Williamsburg, it's pretty well picked over. The skirts and dresses section is poorly lit and kind of annoying to sort through, and the men's section is pretty inadequate, but this still represents the best of the best, thrift-store-find-wise, that Williamsburg has to offer, and they don't try to rip you off as many "vintage" places do. There's also a second location in Park Slope.
Like most smaller wine shops, Uva takes its reputation, and its stock, seriously--which is why you can trust even the cheaper bottles here to be good ones. For budding wine enthusiasts, there are weekly tastings, and the friendly owners are usually happy to help you make a selection. This is a very non-intimidating, non-snobby place, great for people looking to expand their knowledge of wines without feeling condescended to.
For anyone used to their local video store being either an impersonal, oversized megafranchise whose most interesting offering is the latest shoot-em-up or rom-com, or a dingy storefront unhelpfully cashiered by a bored drone whose main job is ensuring no minors sneak beyond the curtain into the soft-core section, Photoplay is a refreshing change of pace. A friendly rental place staffed by hip Greenpoint locals, this tiny movie rental outlet manages to stock everything you've ever wanted to see, from cult classics to indie flicks to foreign films, not to mention more mainstream blockbuster offerings. The movies are organized by country of origin and director, but if you can't find what you're looking for, the knowledgable staff will not only locate it for you but give you a recommendation. The only drawback is no drop box; if you can't return your movie by 11pm, you'll have to come back the next day, and pay a late fee. Otherwise, thumbs up!