When I first moved to New York, I landed in this Brooklyn neighborhood called Williamsburg. I knew nothing about it, except that it was the new trendy area, with a lot of hipsters, and some affordable rentals, quite what I was looking for at the time. To me it sounded like the perfect place to unpack.
A year in half later, Brooklyn became my territory, and today I even have to make an effort to leave this district to go hang out in Manhattan! The best way to discover Williamsburg is walking on the Bridge from Lower East Side. Besides being one of the most beautiful views on Manhattan it will give you an overview on Brooklyn, and how huge and resourceful this district is. Reaching Williamsburg you will notice how small the buildings are compared to the island, and you will immediately feel this artistic “vibe” proving you that there is definitely more than just hipsters here.
The main artery of Williamsburg is Bedford Avenue, this street is lined with restaurants, juiceries, thrift shops, and antiques stores. But Williamsburg is so much larger than what most people assume. You have to get off the beaten track, and explore the district from MacCaren Park where is held an organic farmer’s market every Saturday, to Bushwick Avenue, and also the East River waterfront from where you can see the most beautiful sunsets over Manhattan.
But to me the best part of Williamsburg is that there is always something new to discover. Indeed, from the former factories transformed into eclectic restaurants and rooftop bars, to giant food bazaars during the summer, and organic urban farm next to the waterfront, Williamsburg is definitely Brooklyn’s buzziest neighborhood!