Home to an uncountable amount of thrift stores and vintage fashion outlets, Williamsburg remains a truly remarkable place to go shopping and bar hopping. Not to mention some truly hidden gems in terms of jazz bars, speakeasies and top restaurants.
Williamsburg is a highly sought out neighborhood for many reasons, of which one is its truly spectacular views of the East side of Manhattan and its proximity to the river. Did we mention the super easy access to Manhattan through the Williamsburg Bridge?
With so many places to shop, its no surprise that Williamsburg also possesses a trove of highly rated restaurants and some of the best up and coming eateries and food popups – Not to mention many many youtube food channels based in Williamsburg!
Read up on some of the basics of what makes Williamsburg the coolest and most hip neighborhood of the moment! Williamsburg is considered, by many New Yorkers, to be a rich culturally mixed neighborhood that possess a wide variety of perks ranging from hidden speakeasies, to top restaurants and innumerable amounts of thrift and vintage fashion stores. The Neighborhood itself is located on the Western edge of Brooklyn, slightly above Dumbo and below the Greenpoint Neighborhood; on the west side of Bushwick and to the right of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Although Williamsburg is known for its recent gentrification and up and coming luxury rental buildings, there are now undoubtedly some of the best luxury buildings Brooklyn has to offer in this very neighborhood.
Named Williamsburg in roughly 1802 after the Surveyor who surveyed the land – Colonel Jonathan Williams. In 1827, Williamsburgh was incorporated as a Village in and of itself within a town named Bushwick. Within two years of its inception as a village, the population abruptly rose to 1,000 people and had several infrastructural buildings. Many parts of Williamsburg began their origins as shipyards and raw material industries where construction was set out and the finalized products were then sent to the docks. Williamsburg was also a hot spot for sugar refineries as remnants of the past can still be seen today through Domino Sugar Park.
One of the many attractive perks and aspects of the Williamsburg Neighborhood is the fact that you can walk from most train stations and find a multitude of things to do adjacent to the subway and to your new home. A popular hot spot for shopping vintage clothes and checking out up and coming restaurants is Bedford Avenue subway station and its surrounding streets, where you’ll be guaranteed to find some truly amazing shopping spots. Driggs Avenue is also a hot spot and renown as a commercial strip in the middle of this amazing Brooklyn neighborhood.
It’s important to note that due to its up and coming status, as well as its high popularity due to its proximity to the waterfront as well as the Williamsburg bridge and the ferry service to Manhattan, Williamsburg luxury rentals can sometimes seem pricey for the Brooklyn Neighborhood. It is also good to know that with these higher prices in rentals, you’ll be guaranteed utmost quality in the buildings you decide to move-in as well as the amenities you are offered. Additionally, the sizes of units tend to be slightly larger than the same units in Manhattan (for example, it is not unlikely to find many 1 bedrooms having outdoor patios unlike in Manhattan).