The dynamic neighborhood where partying is encouraged, style is revolutionary, and the music scene is out of this world.
Perched across the waters from Manhattan in the borough of Brooklyn, the neighborhood of Williamsburg is famous for its hipster personality and trendy atmosphere. Williamsburg is connected to Manhattan via the Williamsburg Bridge, and residents here can enjoy the Brooklyn lifestyle without sacrificing proximity to all that Manhattan offers.
Its beautiful waterfront setting and stylish streets decked out in art contribute to the neighborhood’s unique ambiance. In the late 20th century, Williamsburg began evolving into a nightlife hotspot and bohemian paradise, going so far as to promote itself as a “Little Berlin.” It’s a renowned spot for up-and-coming indie artists to get their foot in the door, and the diversity of its population keeps the neighborhood feeling fresh.
Close to the waters, luxury high-rise buildings with lavish apartments and condos dominate the area, offering majestic views of the Manhattan skyline. Those looking for something a little more affordable can head inland and choose from an assortment of walk-ups and row homes, though prices have risen in recent years and can be similar to wealthier Manhattan neighborhoods.
In Williamsburg, the local is favored over national brands and chains, and residents prefer to strike out their own unique fashion styles rather than stick to the status quo. Williamsburg is a trend-setter in food, art, design, and apparel, and its young population enjoys a go-getting lifestyle that’s amplified through the presence of 24/7 options for fun. It’s not uncommon to find dive bars and chic cocktail lounges packed until the early hours of the morning, and during the day, streets are filled with residents shopping the upscale boutiques and vintage stores.
Walk along Bedford Avenue, and you’ll encounter your fill of upscale boutiques and locally-owned niche shops, as well as The Mini Mall. Stores along this street include those like the celeb-loved Catbird, jewelry and gifts location at the forefront of accessory trends. Indie hotspot Spoonbill and Sugartown sells a vast multitude of books curated with passion.
The culinary scene in Williamsburg is garnering a reputation for its excellence, and it isn’t hard to see why. At Sunday in Brooklyn, diners can dig into sumptuous American staples from the rooftop garden or devour brunches inside the venue’s quaint interior. Diner also serves unforgettable American fare — but from inside the sophisticated walls of a renovated railcar.
The pastas are hand-crafted at Lilia, an absolute mecca of extraordinary Italian cuisine inspired by the seaside restaurants of Italy. Ready to expand your palate? The traditional Israeli fare at 12 Chairs Café will introduce your tastebuds to a world of exciting new flavors and meals.
Williamsburg is more than just its impressive bevy of chic stores and excellent eats — there’s also a staggering number of clubs, bars, venues, green spaces, and festivals to enjoy. Smorgasburg is one such annual festival, and each year residents and visitors flock to Prospect Park to enjoy tastings from dozens of local food vendors.
Though it’s a highly commercial neighborhood, Williamsburg also houses several great parks, such as Domino Park. Coming in at 5 acres and lining the Hudson River, this newer park has an elevated walkway, a fog bridge, a playground, dog runs, beach volleyball, and more. Nested between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, McCarren Park is beloved by both neighborhoods as a space for sports, family, and community recreation.
During the day, one can investigate the neighborhood’s most exciting places, including getting an insider’s look at the Brooklyn Brewery, which offers tasting rooms and private tours. At night, they can unwind at Westlight, located in The William Vale Hotel. A rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city and small plates, Westlight takes nightlife to an inspiring elevation.
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