Williamsburg is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, just one subway stop away from Manhattan, and is bordered to the North by Greenpoint, to the East by Bushwick and to the South by Bedford-Stuyvesant.
In recent years, Williamsburg has transitioned from a traditionally working-class Jewish, Italian and Polish neighborhood into one of America's poster childs for urban renewal and gentrification. North Williamsburg and Greenpoint have become some of New York's hottest areas, with new bars and restaurants popping up every month. South Williamsburg still has a very traditional feel with a large Hasidic Jewish population. The economic downturn after 2008 seems to have slowed down the gentrification process somewhat, especially in Bushwick, where a young, mostly white artist population lives close to a more black and latino population.
These neighborhoods together will give you everything you look for in New York: views, food, people, and plenty to explore. There is something here for every visitor.
Williamsburg- Take L train from Manhattan to Bedford or Lorimer. The closest water taxi stop is "North Williamsburg" via the East River Ferry. Many restaurants, several popular music clubs and a burgeoning art gallery district. This is now what Greenwich Village used to be - including the artsy scene complete with eclectic galleries and off-beat bars. Have dinner at Sea (N 6th & Bedford) and go to Union Pool for a drink (Union & Meeker).
East Williamsburg- Centered around the Morgan Ave stop on the L train. Seemingly a desolate industrial area, this neighborhood has surprises around every corner. Try out Roberta's Pizza, which gets its ingredients for its fabulous pizza's from its own rooftop farm, and from befriended urban farms in the area. For a drink, head to The Narrows or King's County. Many of New York's underground warehouse parties are thrown in this area as well. Scour the internet to find where they are exactly.
Greenpoint- At the northwestern tip of Brooklyn, Greenpoint is the second largest Polish enclave in the United States (after Chicago), but is also home to a sizable Latino population (north of Huron St) and a growing number of hipsters (see Franklin St). L Magazine recently called Greenpoint the best neighborhood in all of Brooklyn.
The part that quickly is getting gentrified centers around the Nassau stop on the G train. The traditional Polish part is further up Manhattan Ave and its side streets.
Get Polish food at Karczma (136 Greenpoint Ave), coffee at Ashbox (Manhattan Ave between Ash & Box), brunch at Brooklyn Label (Franklin & Java), Mexican at Acapulco's (Manhattan & Clay). 5 Leaves, on the north-west corner of McCarren park, is one of the best restaurants of the entire city, build up with the estate that Heath Ledger left behind after he passed away.
There are lots of good Polish meat markets along Manhattan and Nassau Aves, too. For some industrial chic, walk down Java Street to its dead end at the East River for great views of Midtown. Nearest subway: G train to Nassau Ave and Greenpoint Ave stations.
Bushwick- Rich in its own history, Bushwick is home to many brownstones, mansions, and projects alike. As a low-income neighborhood, shopping can be done on Knickerbocker Avenue, whether for clothes, appliances, or food. The newly restored Maria Hernandez Park on Knickerbocker Ave. and Suydam St. is a nice spot to bring the kids and relax in the shade of the trees. While it's not like neighboring "East Williamsburg", Williamsburg, or Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick has its own sense of community, not to be confused with anything else. However violent crime is a still a concern along with the other social problems in the community associated with the high poverty rate.
You can take the J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue for south Williamsburg or the L to Bedford Ave for north Williamsburg. The East River Ferry makes stops in both north and south Williamsburg. The G train also runs through the neighborhood. This general area is served by the Bedford Ave through Bushwick-Aberdeen stations on the L train and the Marcy Ave through Chauncy St stations on the J/Z trains. The M stations from Marcy Ave through Wyckoff Ave also serve this area. There is a bus station at the Marcy Ave station and at the Myrtle-Wyckoff station in Bushwick. The B39 bus goes over the Williamsburg Bridge along with the J/M/Z trains and goes to the Lower East Side.
Bedford Avenue. The area around the Bedford Ave subway stop is one of the most lively areas and a great place to hang out and see hipsters (as well as many tourists).edit
The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave (at Havemeyer; G train to Metropolitan Ave or L train to Lorimer St), ☎ +1-718-782-4842 (email@example.com), . Th 7PM-10PM, Sa Su Noon-6PM. Small storefront museum with random artifacts from the city's history.edit
The Hogar Collection, 362 Grand St (btwn Havemeyer and Marcy Ave; L train to Bedford Ave or Lorimer St, G train to Metropolitan Ave, or J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave), ☎ +1-718-388-5022, . Th-M Noon-7PM and by appt. According to its website: "The Hogar Collection is a gallery in the flourishing art community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn that represents local and international artists working in all contemporary art-making practices including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and sound. The gallery's aim is dedicated to the promotion of new art, dialogues, perspectives, and strives to be a venue that reflects the diversity of our ever changing world."edit
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 135 Broadway (at S 6th St btwn Bedford and Driggs; J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave), ☎ +1-718-486-7372 (+1-718-486-6012, firstname.lastname@example.org), . Sa Su noon-6PM. Housed in the former Kings County Savings Bank Bldg, constructed in 1867. Features art exhibitions and displays of historical art and artifacts.edit
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St (btwn Berry and Wythe), . The award-winning brewery has grown to buildings on both sides of 11th, and they offer tours on both weekends and weekdays. The tour is a lot of fun and educational, and you get tokens to sample some of the delicious brew. They don't have a kitchen, but some great local pizza places deliver to the brewery -- it may seem odd but it's encouraged. There are some no reservation tours on Saturday and Sunday, with reservations required for smaller, more private tours Monday through Thursday. On Friday there are no tours, but it's a popular hangout. More information on tours can be found at their website.edit
The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Ave (at Lorimer; G train to Metropolitan Ave or L train to Lorimer St), ☎ +1-718-907-6189, . A former garage, The Brick is home to cutting-edge independent theater, The New York Clown Theater Festival, and an annual themed festival each year (past themes included the Moral Values Festival and the $ellout Festival).$15. edit
Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave (cnr of Havemeyer and Metropolitan; L train to Bedford Ave, J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave), . Door times usually at 7PM or 8PM. Bar M-F 5PM-late, Sa Su noon-late. The legendary New York concert club moved from Manhattan to Williamsburg in 2009. Check a diverse blend of live music, comedy, and special events. Main room events are all ages, bar events 21+.edit
Death by Audio, 49 S 2nd St (btwn Kent and Wythe; L train to Bedford Ave, J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave, or G train to Broadway), . door times usually at 8PM. All-ages underground music venue. Cheap beers available for the 21+ crowd.edit
Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave (cnr of Kent and S 1st St; L train to Bedford Ave), . One of Williamsburg's many DIY event spaces. In the last couple of years it has become a direct competitor to the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan. All events 21+.edit
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N 6th St (btwn Kent and Wythe; L train to Bedford Ave), ☎ +1-718-486-5400, . Door time's usually at 8PM. Hosts larger indie rock concerts for the 18+ crowd. 600-person capacity.edit
Academy Records Annex, 85 Oak St (btwn Franklin and West; G train to Greenpoint Ave), ☎ +1-718-218-8200, . Su-Th noon-8PM, F Sa noon-10PM. (40.718615,-73.960671)edit
Brooklynski, 351 Graham Ave (btwn Metropolitan and Conselyea; L train to Graham Ave), ☎ +1-718-389-0924, . Tu-Sa noon-8PM, Su noon-6PM. Creators of hoodplates with names of NYC's five Boroughs available to wear around your neck for $50.edit
Earwax Records, 218 Bedford Ave (at N 5th St; L train to Bedford Ave), ☎ +1-718-486-3771, . Su-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 11AM-9:30PM. edit
Permanent Records, 181 Franklin St (at Huron; G train to Greenpoint Ave), ☎ +1 718 383-4083, . Noon-8PM daily. edit
Beacon's Closet, 86 N 11th St (btwn Berry and Wythe), . A big thrift store focusing on clothes, they buy and sell and have lots of variety for men and women. Also lots of shoes.edit
Williamsburg Flea, 50 Kent Ave. ((btw. N. 11+12 St.)), . Sunday 10am-5pm. Goods + Food • 150 Vendors Rain or Shine edit
Pies 'n' Thighs, 166 S 4 St (on Driggs; L train to Bedford, J/M/Z train to Marcy, G train to Metropolitan). Cult favorite. Southern-style pies and fried chicken.edit
The Bagel Store, 349 Bedford Ave (at Bedford and S 4th St; L train to Bedford, J/M/Z to Marcy, G to Metropolitan). Awesome and unusual bagel and cream cheese flavors. Try the “cragel” (croissant + bagel)!edit
Rosamunde, 285 Bedford Ave (between Grand and S 1st; L to Bedford, G to Metropolitan or J/M/Z to Marcy). Sausage place with large beer selection and a huge variety of sausages, including some vegetarian ones. Down-to-earth vibe.edit
Fornino, 187 Bedford Ave (at N 7th St; L train to Bedford Ave), ☎ +1-718-384-6004, . Su-Th noon-11PM, F Sa noon-midnight. Great wood fired pizza with an inside and an outside seating area near the Bedford Ave L train. They also have pitchers of sangria, three types of beers, and wine by the glass and by the bottle. Service is a little inattentive, but the large portions of great food make up for it.$8 for a small, up to $22 for a large. edit
SEA, 114 N 6th St (at Berry; L train to Bedford Ave), ☎ +1-718-384-8850. 9AM-6PM daily. In a spacious and lively setting, complete with a reflecting pool and Buddha statues, you'll find what some consider among the best Thai fusion food, especially for the money, though sticklers for authenticity complain the food is too sweet. All of the curries are highly recommended, as are the emerald vegetable dumplings with black plum sauce and the green salad with mesclun, bean sprouts, taro chips and peanut dressing. DJ's join the fray in the evenings.edit
Egg, 109 N 3rd (between Berry and Wythe; L train to Bedford). Renowned for their brunch. Very popular on the weekends so head out early (the neighborhood wakes up pretty late) or be prepared to wait for a while.edit
DuMont Burger, 314 Bedford (at Bedford and S 1st; L train to Bedford, G to Metropolitan or J/M/Z to Marcy). Their burgers are very famous in the neighborhood.edit
Fette Sau, 354 Metropolitan (Metropolitan near Havemeyer; G to Metropolitan or L to Lorimer). BBQ, beer, bourbon. People are obsessed. edit
Roberta's, 261 Moore St (at Bogart; L train to Morgan Ave), ☎ +1-718-417-1118, . 11AM-midnight daily. Some of the best pizza in the entire city. Great inside and outside. Ingredients taken from rooftop farms around Brooklyn and Queens. (Note: This is in Bushwick, rather than Williamsburg proper.)(40.704994,-73.933515)edit
Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Ave (at Nassau/Lorimer; G train to Nassau Ave), ☎ +1-718-383-5345, . 8AM-1AM daily. One of Greenpoint's most popular new restaurants. Great, original food, place with vintage feel and a cocktail bar across the street. Coffee to go sold out the window. This place is very popular, so prepare to wait a little.(40.723553,-73.951622)edit
Peter Luger Steak House, 178 Broadway (at Driggs; J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave), ☎ +1-718-387-7400, . M-Th 11:30AM–9:45PM, F Sa 11:30AM–10:45PM, Su 1PM–9:45PM. Rated New York's No. 1 Steak House for 30 years in a row by Zagat. Been in business for over 125 years. Located near the entrance to the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge, this over 100-year-old establishment offers what many connoisseurs consider the best steak in America and it is priced as such. Reservations recommended.edit
Diner, 85 Broadway (at Berry; J/M/Z to Marcy or G to Metropolitan). Restaurant is in a converted dining car. They change the menu daily and the food is very high-quality New American fare. Their burger is especially good.edit
Traif, 229 S 4th St (at Havemeyer; J/M/Z train to Marcy or G train to Metropolitan). Traif means "non-kosher," and this place is very specifically just that, which is especially relevant given its close proximity to Chasidic Williamsburg. The food is creative New American.edit
Fabiane's, 142 N 5 St (on Bedford; L train to Bedford). Great assortment of pastries, including a *ton* of gluten free options. (Look for a gold sticker in the display case to see what's gluten free.) Try the strawberry shortcake or chocolate crème brulee!edit
Momofuku Milk Bar, 382 Metropolitan (between Havemeyer and Marcy; G train to Metropolitan or J/M/Z to Marcy). Another cult classic, with funky, creative flavor combos. Try “cereal milk” ice cream and/or cake balls!edit
Maison Premiere, 298 Bedford (between Grand and S 1st; L to Bedford, G to Metropolitan, J/M/Z to Marcy). Old timey New Orleans theme. Exquisite cocktails, plus renowned oysters. They have a big Kentucky Derby party every year. There’s also an absinthe drip.edit
Rye, 247 S 1 St (between Roebling and Havemeyer; L to Lorimer, G to Metropolitan, or J/M/Z to Marcy). Artisanal cocktail bar with hipster, underground vibe. Very high quality mixology.edit
Cadaques, 188 Grand St (between Bedford and Driggs; L to Bedford, G to Metropolitan, or J/M/Z to Marcy). Chill vibe, a mix of BoHo and upscale ambiance. In addition to having good cocktails, Cadaques has very good appetizers, paella and sangria.edit
Barcade, 388 Union Ave (btwn Ainslie and Powers; G train to Metropolitan Ave or L train to Lorimer St), ☎ +1-718-302-6464, . Features at least 30-40 classic 70s and 80s arcade games, all for 25 cents! Also has 20 microbrews on tap and specialty beer nights.edit
Radegast Beer Hall, 113 N 3rd St (at Berry; L train to Bedford). Big, raucous, fun German beer hall.edit
Surf Bar, 139 N 6th St (btwn Bedford & Berry), . A tiki bar, true to form with sand on the ground, coconuts and all kinds of other beach artifacts. They serve tiki cocktails plus your usual bar drinks. A fun place, especially in flip flops.edit
Aka Potion, 248 McKibbin St (btwn Bushwick and White; L train to Montrose Ave or Morgan Ave), ☎ +1-718-628-5470, . M 8AM-3PM, Tu-F 8AM-9PM, Sa Su 9:30AM-11PM. A small neighborhood cafe with gigantic windows which are a lifesaver for the many nearby dwellers of windowless rooms in converted A.I.R. lofts. They rearrange their furniture constantly, sometimes more than once a month. Sometimes brunch, sometimes music. It's unexpected but still comfortable. A traveler would probably feel welcome, but most of the people in here probably live in the gigantic McKibbin Dorms of which Potion occupies a ground-floor spot, or some similar building around the corner. If you've an Aussie accent, or speak French, this might be a good place to get invited to a party. Free wifi.edit
Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway (at Dodworth; J train to Kosciusko St or J/M/Z trains to Myrtle Ave), ☎ +1-718-453-6343, . M-Sa starting somewhere around 7PM-11PM. A somewhere between a club and cafe Bushwick indie rock and jazz venue for local music junkies, largely college-age, named after a Kurt Vonnegut story. All the various clutter and unorthodox aesthetic jumbles that make up the place are apparently for sale too, so you can take a piece of the experience home with you. They get a good deal of well-known indie rockers here (as well as really out there nonsense), and were awarded the "Best Place to Hear New Music in NYC" award from the Village Voice. Beer, wine, coffee, and WiFi.edit
Greenpoint YMCA, 99 Meserole Ave (at Lorimer St; G train to Greenpoint Ave or Nassau Ave), ☎ +1-718-389-3700 (fax: +1-718-349-2146), . Economy and deluxe rooms daily, weekly and monthly rates; higher prices during peak period. $99 for a double room.$48-69. edit
Red Carpet Inn, 980 Wyckoff Ave (at Halsey; L train to Halsey St), ☎ +1-718-417-4111. edit
ZIP112, 112 N 6th St, #5F (at Berry; L train to Bedford Ave), ☎ +1-347-403-0577 (email@example.com), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: noon. This hostel is on the fifth floor and there are no elevators. The dorms are restricted to females while private rooms (contains two single beds) can be booked by either gender. Features a balcony with a great view of Manhattan.Dorms $45-65, privates $55-70. edit
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, ☎ +1-718-460-8000, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Stylish boutique hotel in a 100-year old building, renovated lovingly in the center of the Williamsburg action. edit
Hotel Williamsburg, 160 N 12th St, ☎ +1-718-218-7500, . Sixty-four room boutique hotel an a good location overlooking McCarren Park. Rooftop bar and outdoor saltwater pool. $288. edit
Bushwick, 340 Bushwick Ave (at Seigel; J/M trains to Flushing Ave or L train to Montrose Ave), ☎ +1-718-602-1348. M 1PM-8PM, Tu W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. edit
DeKalb, 790 Bushwick Ave (at DeKalb; J train to Kosciuszko St), ☎ +1-718-455-3898. M Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. edit
Greenpoint, 107 Norman Ave (btwn Eckford and Leonard; G train to Nassau Ave), ☎ +1-718-349-8504. M Tu 10AM-6PM, W Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. edit
Leonard, 81 Devoe St (at Leonard; L train to Lorimer St or G train to Metropolitan Ave), ☎ +1-718-486-3365. M 1PM-8PM, Tu W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. edit
Washington Irving, 360 Irving Ave (at Woodbine; L train to Myrtle Ave or M train to Wyckoff Ave), ☎ +1-718-628-8378. M Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. edit
Williamsburg, 240 Division Ave (at Marcy; J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave), ☎ +1-718-302-3485. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. edit
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