Just across the East River from Manhattan’s East Side – one stop on the L subway train, or a walk across the Williamsburg bridge - Williamsburg can often feel like an extension of downtown Manhattan, with its lively nightlife, youthful population, density of bars, restaurants, and shops, and overall bustling vibe. The reputation of ‘hipster Brooklyn’ most likely has its origin in Williamsburg, with the neighborhood’s renown for indie music, artists, and ‘farm to table’ restaurants.
There’s more to Williamsburg than merely artistically inclined youths, however. The area has long been home to Hasidic Jewish and Dominican communities, and their deep roots in the neighborhood remain strong. Luxury residential developments along the East River waterfront have greatly gentrified the area in recent years. Peter Luger Steakhouse, just south of the Williamsburg bridge, is one of the oldest and most revered restaurants in the city. McCarren Park, located at Williamsburg’s northern edge is an urban oasis. Some of the most exciting and experimental restaurants in the city have chosen to open in this neighborhood.
Williamsburg’s exploding popularity over the past decade has bled over into adjacent areas such as Greenpoint to the north and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the west, with increasing aesthetic and cultural similarities uniting these formerly disparate neighborhoods. A culturally rich lifestyle, many housing options, and ease of access to Manhattan make Williamsburg a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood indeed.