Williamsburg

Once known primarily as a hipster haven for the painfully cool, the combination of luxury new development and green spaces makes Williamsburg equally attractive to young professionals and families. World class restaurants, bars, and hotels provide ample surface area for entertainment.

 
 

Welcome to Williamsburg

 
Minutes from Manhattan and a gateway to the best of the rest northern Brooklyn offers, Williamsburg is trendy in all senses of the word. Sitting along the East River, just over the bridge it shares a name with, Williamsburg is the image that first comes to mind for many when they think “Brooklyn.” In many ways, it is an easy transition, as the diversity of neighborhood amenities from green space to food and bev rivals some of the most popular locations in the city.  There is really nothing that the neighborhood lacks aside from big box retail and high density office space.  

Yet, while most probably only think of all there is to do off the Bedford Avenue L as “Williamsburg,” the area encompasses so much. Williamsburg is huge. Not even mentioning the multiple other eastward L stations, there’s an entire other section of Williamsburg near Broadway (and beyond) under the JMZ tracks, plus more along the G train’s Union Avenue path. Because it spreads out so, the neighborhood is a lively and diverse one that genuinely transcends any one label that may pigeonhole it.  

Furthermore, the ferry connects you easily to the Financial District and Midtown East during the workweek, and anywhere from the Rockaways to the Jersey Shore on the weekend, with plenty of park access at Dumbo and Long Island City.  
 

History & Culture

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From Village to Town to City of Williamsburg(h), the neighborhood we know has passed through several incarnations, all felt in some way today. After being annexed by the City of Brooklyn in 1855, many familiar manufacturers set up shop along Broadway, and names like Cornelius Vanderbilt constructed mansions along the river. Decades later, Brooklyn’s incorporation into New York City and the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge facilitated a more diverse and densely populated part of the borough. From the 1970s into the 2000s, artists and musicians flocked; the area became a breeding ground for rising independent performers. As Williamsburg has achieved name-brand recognition, its evolution has only continued. Recent developments along the water include Domino Park, greenery located on former Domino Sugar Refinery ground. McCarren Park sits at the extreme northern edge of the neighborhood, so much so that it may be in Greenpoint, depending on who you ask.
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