Williamsburg is a neighborhood in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn, stretching from Flushing Avenue west to the East River, and from Bushwick Avenue south to Kent Avenue. Williamsburg is truly a destination for people of all ages and ethnicities, and offers something for everyone. Historically, the area was home to a wide range of people from all over the world, and over the past twenty years the area has become a major artistic center, making the area known for its “hippie” culture. To appeal to this young community, Williamsburg saw a major revitalization of the neighborhood, resulting in many trendy restaurants, a lively nightlife, and multitude of celebrated art galleries that rival the ones in SoHo and lower Manhattan. Only one stop from Manhattan on the L-train, Williamsburg offers the hip, vibrant aspects of city life without the crowdedness or the commotion. And with historic brownstones, refurbished lofts, and luxury high-rises, you’re guaranteed to find a place that’s perfect for you.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE LIVING THERE:
The restaurants in Williamsburg are just as abundant and diverse as those in Manhattan, and are just as delicious. If you’re in the mood for tapas (and excellent cocktails), Bar Celona (104 S. 4th Street) is the place to go, while Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Ave) is the favorite spot for great barbecue. For the best brunch in the neighborhood, try egg (135 N. 5th Street), and for a good steak, head over to renowned Peter Luger’s (178 Broadway).
Williamsburg has a thriving art and music community. Many art galleries as well as concert halls and performance spaces can be found in the area, including The Bog, Flux Factory, and the Mighty Robot, which are great places for up-and-coming indie, punk, and rock music. McCarrenPark offers a beautiful green space complete with running tracks and playgrounds, and in the summer is home to the SummerScreen outdoor movie festival. The Brick Theater hosts independent shows and sponsors an annual Summer Theme Festival Series, and The Gutter is a retro bowling alley/bar that is a neighborhood favorite.
For more information on art galleries in Williamsburg: http://www.wagmag.org/#jump1
Williamsburg is just one stop on the L train to get to Manhattan, and the J, M, and Z trains offer service throughout the area and directly into Manhattan as well. The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway runs through the neighborhood, and the WilliamsburgBridge provides easy access into Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Many great public schools are available in Williamsburg, including P.S. 19, P.S. 380, P.S. 122, I.S. 71, the H.S. of Enterprise, Business, and Technology, the H.S. for Legal Studies, and the WilliamsburgCollegiateCharterSchool. There are many Yeshiva schools in the neighborhood as well for the Jewish population.
There are tons of great bars and lounges in Williamsburg, making for an enjoyable and active nightlife scene. Barcade (388 Union Ave) is a neighborhood favorite, offering a long list of beers as well as arcade games, while the famed Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th Street) opens once a week as a bar. The D.O.C. Wine Lounge (83 N. 7th Street) is a hip wine bar and lounge in the area, and Zebulon Café Concert (258 Wythe Ave) offers live jazz music each night.
Williamsburg is home to some of the best shopping options in the city. Hundreds of discount stores, vintage stores, and trendy boutiques can be found in the neighborhood, as well as many vintage furniture stores. A neighborhood favorite is CB I Hate Perfume on Wythe Street, where you can make your own scent from hundreds of different oils. Delicious bakeries, small food shops, and more are also available.
Other restaurants in Williamsburg:
- Bamonte’s (32 Withers Street)- $$- Italian
- Dressler (149 Broadway)- $$$- American
- El Almacén (557 Driggs Ave)- $$- Latin American
- La Nonna Pizzeria Trattoria Paninoteca (237 Bedford Ave)- $$- Pizza
- Miranda (80 Berry Street)- $$- Latin American/Italian
- Pies-N-Thighs (166 S. 4th Street)- $- Southern, Soul Food
- Planet Thailand (133 N. 7th Street)- $$- Thai/Japanese
For more restaurants in Williamsburg, go to New York Magazine’s restaurant page: http://nymag.com/restaurants/?f=food
Other bars in Williamsburg:
- Bembe (81 S. 6th Street)- Nightclub
- Duff’s (168 Marcy Street)- Bar
- Galapagos (16 Main Street)- Lounge
- Iona (180 Grand Street)- Tavern
- Rock Star Bar (351 Kent Ave)- Dive bar
- Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern- Tavern, Beer bar
- Royal Oak (594 Union Ave)- Speakeasy, Lounge
- Zabloski’s (107 N. 6th Street)- Neighborhood favorite, Bar
For more bars in Williamsburg, go to New York Magazine’s bars page: http://nymag.com/nightlife/?f=bars
- Soma Health Club (107 S. 6th Street)
- Absolute Power (750 Grand Street)
- Maxim Health & Fitness (193 N. 9th Street)
- New Diaz Cleaners (788 Driggs Ave)
- 326 Bedford Cleaners (326 Bedford Ave)
- Rainbow Dry Cleaners (227 Montrose Ave)
- Gatti Cleaners (334 Graham Ave)
- De Wine Spot (428 Lorimer Street)
- All Man Wines & Liquors (268 Grand Street)
- Big Tree Bottles (42 Bogart Street)
- Roebling Liquors Inc. (311 Roebling Street)