BROOKLYN

Williamsburg Neighborhood Guide

Williamsburg has long been one of the trendiest neighborhoods in not just Brooklyn, but all of New York. The neighborhood provides a wide array of shops, bars, restaurants, event spaces, coffee shops, and it has an infectious, energetic vibe; professionals, artists, creatives, and people from all walks of life proudly claim Williamsburg as their home. This cross-cultural environment gives the area one of the most unique neighborhood vibes in Brooklyn. With its independent boutiques, world class restaurants, well-established artistic scene, and its perennial presence in pop culture, Williamsburg is an incredible combination of cool and luxury.

Williamsburg Real Estate Stats

MEDIAN SALE PRICE

$1,695,000

MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE

$4,150

An Abbreviated History of Williamsburg

At the end of the 18th century, real estate speculator Richard M. Woodhull purchased the land now known as Williamsburg and had it plotted and laid into city blocks. He planned to develop the area in order to attract New Yorkers to suburban life. While it seemed like Woodhull’s vision would never grow into fruition in the first few decades, it was finally a possibility when the Wallabout and Newtown turnpikes made the area more accessible. The township was incorporated as a village in 1827, after which it grew at a remarkable rate with commerce, culture, and industry flourishing within the area.

After Brooklyn was named one of the five boroughs of New York City and the Williamsburg Bridge was erected, Williamsburg became the most densely populated city not just in New York City, but in the entire country. In the latter half of the 20th century, Williamsburg underwent several identity changes, once serving as a hub for artists and creatives in the 1980s and 90s followed by steep rises in property values and the construction of luxury new developments, making the area more attractive to those seeking premium residential space in Brooklyn.

NEIGHBORHOOD BOUNDARIES

  • Kent Avenue to the West
  • North 12th Street to the North
  • Bushwick Avenue to the East
  • Flushing Avenue Street to the South
 

BMT Canarsie L
IND Crosstown G
BMT Jamaica  J  Z M

Residents Love This Neighborhood Because

  • Trendy, boutique shopping
  • Waterfront walks
  • Great energy, but less busy than Manhattan
  • Vintage stores and flea markets
  • Proximity to Manhattan
  • Domino Park and McCarren Park

What to expect

Cafés

+100

Colleges / Universities

1

Hospitals

4

Libraries

4

Parks

8

Playgrounds

6

Restaurants

+100

Yoga Studios

8

 

Williamsburg Landmarks and Cultural Institutions

A NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR

Get to know the neighborhood by visiting its most notable landmarks and sites. From museums and sculptures, to parks, markets, and hidden neighborhood gems, you’ll find everything you need to know about the neighborhood’s most unique and historical attractions.

Domino Park

Domino Park spans 5 acres along the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. The park has dog runs, sports courts, playgrounds, a fog bridge, plus beautiful views and scenery. Named after Domino Sugar, this park is built on the land where the former sugar refinery operated until 2004. The park was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the same designers as the High Line in NYC and opened in June 2018.

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is a music venue, bowling alley, and restaurant in Williamsburg founded in 2009 and located on Wythe Avenue in the former Hecla Iron Works Building. It is popularly known for its high-tech, green, energy saving construction, variety of musical acts, and as one of the best music clubs in the United States.

The City Reliquary Museum

The City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg traces the history of the five boroughs of New York City through exhibitions of cultural relics, ephemera, and NYC artifacts. Founded by Dave Herman in 2002, the oddity museum began with Herman’s display of objects in the window of his ground floor apartment on Grand Street. His quirky array of artifacts grew through donations of people who wanted to share theirs as well and eventually expanded into the museum that it is today.

The Brooklyn Art Library

The Brooklyn Art Library holds the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. As a non-profit archive library with over 50,000 sketchbooks from over 30,000 different creative artists, the Brooklyn Art Library offers a unique glimpse into what people are thinking, and how they creatively express themselves, and tell their stories.

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn has been a hub of the brewery industry since 1884 and for years, Germany and Austria played key roles in the brewing scene of Brooklyn. In 1988, Tom Potter and Steve Hindy began their home brewed beer, Brooklyn Lager, and began shipping around the world to other countries. Since 2016, the Brooklyn Brewery has been shipping their beer across the United States, and internationally to Europe, Hong Kong, and the UK. The globally recognized brand earns around $36.2M in revenue each year by selling roughly 300,000 barrels of beer annually. The Brooklyn Brewery offers local tastings as well tours that explain the history behind this special Brooklyn brand.

Brooklyn Flea

Founded in 2008, the Brooklyn Flea, located at Kent Avenue, is one of the biggest outdoor flea markets in New York. The market takes place every week and features hundreds of vendors selling vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, antiques, fresh food, and produce.

Williamsburg Bridge

The Williamsburg Bridge extends over the East River and connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan with Brooklyn. Up until 1924 – when its record was stripped by the Bear Mountain Suspension Bridge over the Hudson River – the Williamsburg Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. These two bridges are the only suspension bridges in New York, as such there has been a strong effort to preserve the original design of the Williamsburg Bridge as much as possible.

Bedford Avenue

Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn, and stretches around 10.2 miles long. It is the epicenter of hipster culture in Williamsburg and is filled with trendy restaurants and boutiques, but also holds much historical significance because of the important role that it played in the 18th century as a route for traffic to connect the farming village to Flatbush. Bedford Ave represents the transformation of Brooklyn from rural to urban, which can primarily be seen through the magnificent architecture that lines this main street.

Murals & Street Art

Brooklyn is home to some of the most spectacular murals and street art in New York. Williamsburg specifically has several old warehouses and industrial buildings that are now the canvases of some very impressive murals. North 6th Street, between Kent and Bedford Avenues, is one of the best locations to spot wall art in Williamsburg. Wythe Avenue and Moore Street have some excellent art work as well.

Smorgasburg

Famous for being the largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg attracts thousands of people to Brooklyn every weekend to explore dozens of local vendors. Launched in 2011 as a spinoff attraction from the Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg not only creates a fun and exciting atmosphere for both visitors and vendors, it is also making a social impact through a partnership with Rethink Food to create a more sustainable food system.

Architecture in Williamsburg

Modern

Second Empire

Cast Iron

Renaissance Revival

Neo-Federal

Notable New Yorkers

Who Have Lived in Williamsburg

BARRY MANILOW

Musician

OSCAR ISAAC

Actor

PETER DINKLAGE

Actor

SAMANTHA MATHIS

Actress

RANDY HARRISON

Actor

STEVE BURNS

Actor

JOY BEHAR

Comedian

MEL BROOKS

Actor

Popular Food & Drink

MISI

329 Kent Ave

SUNDAY IN BROOKLYN

348 Wythe Ave

LILIA

567 Union Ave

PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE

178 Broadyway Ave

DEVOCION

69 Grand Street

MARLOW & SONS

81 Broadway Ave

FOUR HORSEMEN

295 Grand Street

TRAIF

229 South 4th Street

All Notable New Yorker photos courtesy of Wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of Barry Manilow by Matthew Becker; Photo of Oscar Isaac by Gage Skidmore; Photo of Peter Dinklage by Gage Skidmore; Photo of Samantha Mathis by Billions on SHOWTIME; Photo of Randy Harrison by English Wikipedia user BrianheartsJustin;  Photo of Steve Burns by New America; Photo of Joy Behar by Nick Step; Photo of Mel Brooks by Angela George;

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