Williamsburg is bordering Greenpoint to the north; Bedford–Stuyvesant to the south; Bushwick, East Williamsburg, and Ridgewood, Queens to the east; and Fort Greene and the East River to the west. Williamsburg is a neighborhood that draws young and fashionable people to its chic boutiques, trendy cafes, and restaurants. Street art brightens residential thoroughfares and repurposed factories while the waterfront provides stunning views of Manhattan and seasonal venues for outdoor concerts and food markets.
Street Art Graffiti
This neighborhood has a nickname "Little Berlin" because of its multicultural residents, including Jewish, Italian, Polish, Puerto Rican, and Dominican residents. Until the mid 90’s, the cheap rent drew a large artists community in its neighborhood. After that, the higher rents changed the residential demography to working professionals, and have driven out many hipsters and young artists to nearby neighborhoods. However, they are still seen on the street as representatives of the culture of Williamsburg.
Bedford street view with young artists & hipsters
Williamsburg is the center of a shopping district in Brooklyn with many vintage clothing stores and local craft sellers. The Mini Mall is a popular shopping mall in Brooklyn where they display and sell vintage clothing, antiques, books, and handmade jewelry. Awoke Vintage and Amarcord Vintage shop offer retro apparel and accessories. East River State Park is a delightful play area with a lot of nature that offers a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline, providing opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
Amarcord Vintage shop
East River State Park
Williamsburg is characterized by young pop culture and a contemporary art scene. It is a popular spot for street artists. Their paintings cover brick buildings and offer an insightful look at trends of contemporary art.
Street art, Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol Mural
Besides some NYC’s trendiest restaurants and bars, Williamsburg has many legendary restaurants. Café Devoción attracts coffee snobs with fresh coffee, beautiful decoration with the plants on the background and big sofas. Brooklyn Brewery hosts tours every week with various craft beers. Peter Luger Steak House, one of the most famous Steak houses in NY, has been running for more than 100 years in South Williamsburg. A Japanese grocery store, Midoriya, is also available in town.
Peter Luger Steak House
Peter Luger Steak House
Midoriya Japanese Grocery Store
Williamsburg is served by 3 subway lines: L train on the north, J,M,Z trains on the south, and the G train on the east. The Williamsburg Bridge crosses the East River to the Lower East Side. Williamsburg is also served by the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. The tunnel, which connects the L train to Brooklyn and Manhattan, is now scheduled to be repaired, and the L train service changes may be possible.
Subway: G to Flushing Ave. | G to Broadway | G to Metropolitan Ave. | J,M,Z to Marcy Ave. | J,M,Z to Hewes St. | J,M,Z to Lorimer St. | J,M,Z to Flushing Ave. | L to Bedford Ave. | L to Lorimer St. | L to Graham Ave. | L to Grand St. | L to Montrose Ave. | L to Morgan Ave.
= Japanese Store