Williamsburg is a neighborhood with multiple personalities. Here, you'll find a large Hasidic Jewish community, Polish, and Latino enclaves, and plenty of hipster cool: This warehouse-filled, once industrial area now has a thriving arts and music scene, stellar restaurants, and some of the city's most interesting shopping.
Williamsburg on the Map
Williamsburg is located in north Brooklyn and is bordered by Queens on the East, the East River on the west, Newton Creek on the north, and Flushing and Kent Avenues in the south. The area to the north of North 7th Street is technically Greenpoint.
Williamsburg can be accessed by subway on the L, G, J, M, and Z lines, with Manhattan just a short ride away. Buses include the B13, B24, B39 (runs to/from Manhattan), B43, B44, B47, B54, B57, B59, B60, and the B61.
There's recently been a condo boom in Williamsburg, with developers looking to capitalize on the neighborhood's "cool" factor. According to Trulia, the average listing price for an apartment in Williamsburg is about $900,000. A one-bedroom rental will cost you anywhere from $1800 to $3000+ a month.
Bars & Restaurants
Williamsburg restaurants are considered among the best in New York City. Classics include the famed Peter Luger Steakhouse and Diner. Other delicious hotspots? Egg, La Superior, Marlow & Sons, and Dumont.
As far as nightlife goes, Williamsburg has countless bar options and live music venues. Neighborhood bars worth checking out include The Abbey, Barcade (video game paradise), the Metropolitan Bar (one of the best LGBTQ nightspots in the area), the Music Hall of Williamsburg (live music paradise), Pete's Candy Store, and Teddy's, among others. Williamsburg is also home to the Brooklyn Brewery.
Activities & Attractions
If people watching and/or coffee shop (or bar) hopping isn't enough for you, then get a blast from the past at Greenpoint's Gutter, where you can get your groove on amidst the 1960's kitsch of an 8-lane bowling alley.
Alternatively, head to McCarren Park for a picnic or quick game of kickball or soccer. Williamsburg's McCarren Park boasts events throughout the year, including the annual SummerScreen outdoor movie series.
Shopping & Essentials
Williamsburg definitely has style -- and the stores to go with it. A walk down Bedford Avenue and its sidestreets (North 6th is a great one to explore) will yield all sorts of shopping finds. At CB I Hate Perfume you can craft your own scent from over 700 essential oils.
Looking for vintage goods? Beacon's Closet (now in neighboring Greenpoint) is the mother of all thrift stores, with a huge selection of designer jeans. Buffalo Exchange is another thrifting hotspot, and Wythe Avenue is home to several vintage furniture shops. For more insider information on the area, check out the neighborhood blog FREEwilliamsburg.