Williamsburg

Brooklyn

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Notable home to Hasids (South Williamsburg) and Hipsters (North Williamsburg), i.e. Orthodox Jews and “alternative” twenty-somethings, Williamsburg has also seen a ton of changes in recent years. 2014 brought an Urban Outfitters, J.Crew and Starbucks to the neighborhood, and an Apple store and Whole Foods are both rumored to be moving in soon. While many local businesses have been forced to close due to this infiltration, plenty of Williamsburg classics are still standing strong. Walk down Bedford Avenue, from North 12th St all the way to South 7th and you’ll see independent bakeries, boutiques and Spoonbill and Sugartown bookstore, immortalized in an episode of HBO’s Girls. In the middle, Metropolitan Avenue and Grand Street both offer their fill of bars and restaurants, and the L train at Lorimer is home to Brooklyn’s most famous 24-hour bagel eatery: Bagelsmith. Further west, past Berry, Wythe and Kent streets, you’ll reach East River State Park, home to food festivals like Smorgasburg and Sunday’s Brooklyn Flea Market. The spectacular waterfront views have brought a slew of new luxury properties and multimillion-dollar condos to the area. More Wall Street financiers and fewer artists now live in the area, signifying much of the change. But creativity is not all lost in Williamsburg! Venues like Nitehawk Cinema play movies and serve themed food, Glasslands hosts indie artists and DJs and New Yorkers flock to neighborhood restaurants like Pies & Thighs, egg, and Traif. Areas further out in Williamsburg, east towards Bushwick and south towards Bed-Stuy are now also seeing a resurgence with more local businesses opening in previously mostly residential areas. by Melissa Kravitz

Neighborhood Tags:

Nightlife, Trendy, Restaurants, Tourists, Artsy, Funky

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

G
L
M
J
Z

Buses:

B24
B43
B44
B46
B48
B57
B60
B62
Q54
Q59

Rental Prices:

$1,958 ― $3,309

Sales Prices:

$470,000 ― $794,000

Landmarks:

McCarren Park, East River State Park, Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Bridge

School Districts:

14

Police Precincts:

90 94

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Reviews

  • sam
    June 4th 2014
    Youngest and most hip area of Brooklyn. Bars and restaurants galore. Not as much family friendly (Park Slope and areas of southern Brooklyn are better for that). Great views from the East River State Park of Manhattan along with close access on the L train.
  • Brittany
    May 7th 2014
    best place to take some walks and people watch!
  • Brittany
    March 4th 2014
    Magic Cobra Tattoo Society - Great artists, got all my tattoos here, they do an amazing job, best work in all of NY!

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