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New York City : Brooklyn : Williamsburg
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Williamsburg is in Brooklyn. This travel guide also includes Greenpoint and Bushwick.

Get in

You can take the J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue for southern Williamsburg or the L to Bedford Avenue for northern Williamsburg. The G train also runs through the neighborhood. This general area is served by the Bedford Avenue through Bushwick-Aberdeen stations on the L train and the Marcy Avenue through Chauncy Street stations on the J/Z trains. The M stations from Marcy Avenue through Wycoff Avenue also serve this area. There is a bus station at the Marcy Avenue station and at the Myrtle-Wycoff 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.


  • The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue (at Havemeyer; Subway: G train to Metropolitan Avenue or L train to Lorimer Street), +1 718 782-4842 (), [1]. Th 7PM-10PM, Sa-Su Noon-6PM. Small storefront museum with random artifacts from the city's history.
  • The Hogar Collection, 362 Grand Street (between Havemeyer and Marcy Ave; Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue or Lorimer Street, G train to Metropolitan Avenue, or J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue), +1 718 388-5022, [2]. Th-M Noon-7PM and by appointment. The gallery was founded by two artists: Todd Rosenbaum and Cecilia Biagini. 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."
  • Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 135 Broadway (at South 6th Street between Bedford and Driggs; Subway: J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue), +1 718 486-7372 (+1 718 486-6012, ), [3]. Sa-Su Noon-6PM. Housed in the former Kings County Savings Bank Building, constructed in 1867. Features art exhibitions and displays of historical art and artifacts.



  • The Brick, 575 Metropolitan Avenue (at Lorimer; Subway: G train to Metropolitan Avenue or L train to Lorimer Street), +1 718 907-6189, [4]. 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). Tickets are an affordable $15.


  • Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N 6th Street (between Kent and Wythe; Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue), +1 718 486-5400‎, [5]. Hosts larger indie rock concerts.


  • Academy Records Annex, 96 North 6th Street (between Berry and Wythe; Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue), +1 718 218-8200, [6]. Su-Th Noon-8PM, F-Sa Noon-10PM.
  • Brooklynski, 351 Graham Avenue (between Metropolitan and Conselyea; Subway: L train to Graham Avenue), +1 718 389-0924, [7]. Tu-Sa Noon-8PM, Su Noon-6PM. Named for the Polish phrase for of Brooklyn this is a cool gift shop featuring jewelry, home decor, candles, paper goods and gifts for kids, mostly made by local artists. Pick up a Williamsburg tote bag or Brooklyski-branded t-shirt as a souvenir of Brooklyn.
  • Earwax Records, 218 Bedford Avenue (at North 5th Street; Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue), +1 718 486-3771. Daily Noon-8PM.


  • Peter Luger Steak House, 178 Broadway (at Driggs; Subway: J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue), +1 718 387-7400, [8]. 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 23 years in a row by Zagat! 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.
  • SEA, 114 North 6th Street (at Berry; Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue), +1 718 384-8850. Daily 9AM-6PM. 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.


  • Aka Potion, 248 McKibbin Street (between Bushwick and White; Subway: L train to Montrose Avenue or Morgan Avenue), +1 718 6285470, [9]. 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.
  • Barcade, 388 Union Avenue (between Ainslie and Powers; Subway: G train to Metropolitan Avenue or L train to Lorimer Street), [10]. 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.
  • Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway (J train to Kosciusko Street, J/M/Z to Myrtle Avenue), +1 718 453-6343, [11]. 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.


  • Greenpoint YMCA, 99 Meserole Avenue (at Lorimer St; Subway: G train to Greenpoint Avenue or Nassau Avenue), +1 718 389-3700 (fax: +1 718 349-2146), [12]. Economy and deluxe rooms daily, weekly and monthly rates; higher prices during peak period. $99 for a double room. $48-69.
  • Red Carpet Inn, 980 Wyckoff Avenue (at Halsey; Subway: L train to Halsey Street), +1 718 417-4111‎. A 3 star inn.


  • Brooklyn Public Library (Bushwick branch), 340 Bushwick Avenue (at Seigel; Subway: J/M trains to Flushing Avenue or L train to Montrose Avenue), +1 718 602-1348, [13]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (DeKalb branch), 790 Bushwick Avenue (at DeKalb; Subway: J train to Kosciuszko Street), +1 718 455-3898, [14]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Greenpoint branch), 107 Norman Avenue (between Eckford and Leonard; Subway: G train to Nassau Avenue), +1 718 349-8504, [15]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W-Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Leonard branch), 81 Devoe Street (at Leonard; Subway: L train to Lorimer Street or G train to Metropolitan Avenue), +1 718 486-3365, [16]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Washington Irving branch), 360 Irving Avenue (at Woodbine; Subway: L train to Myrtle Avenue or M train to Wyckoff Avenue), +1 718 628-8378, [17]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Williamsburgh branch), 240 Division Avenue (at Marcy; Subway: J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue), +1 718 302-3485, [18]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
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