Williamsburg in New York City

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Williamsburg is in Brooklyn. This travel guide also includes Greenpoint and Bushwick.

Understand

  • Williamsburg- Take L train from Manhattan to Bedford or Lorimer. Many restaurants, several popular music clubs and a burgeoning art gallery district. This is now what Greenwich Village used to be - including the artsy scene complete with eclectic galleries and off-beat bars. Have dinner at Sea (N6th & Bedford) and go to the Royal Oak for a drink (N11th & Union).
  • East Williamsburg- Centered around the Morgan Ave stop on the L train. Seemingly a desolate industrial area, this neighborhood has a strong developing music scene. It is also home to the swinger's club Grego's. Brooklyn's natural food store can be found here.
  • Greenpoint- At the northwestern tip of Brooklyn, Greenpoint is the second largest Polish enclave in the United States (after Chicago), but is also home to a sizable Latino population (north of Huron St.) and a growing number of hipsters (see Franklin St.). Get Polish food at Karczma (136 Greenpoint Av.), coffee at Ashbox (Manhattan Av. between Ash & Box), brunch at Brooklyn Label (Franklin & Java), Mexican at Acapulco's (Manhattan & Clay). Lots of good Polish meat markets along Manhattan and Nassau Avs, too. For some industrial chic, walk down Java Street to its dead end at the East River for great views of Midtown. Nearest subway: G train to Nassau Av. and Greenpoint Av. stations.
  • Bushwick- Rich in its own history, Bushwick is home to many brownstones, mansions, and projects alike. As a low-income neighborhood, shopping can be done on Knickerbocker Avenue, whether for clothes, appliances, or food. The newly restored Maria Hernandez Park on Knickerbocker Ave. and Suydam St. is a nice spot to bring the kids and relax in the shade of the trees. While it's not like neighboring "East Williamsburg", Williamsburg, or Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick has its own sense of community, not to be confused with anything else. However violent crime is a still a concern along with the other social problems in the community associated with the high poverty rate.

Get in

You can take the J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue for southern Williamsburg or the L to Bedford Avenue for northern Williamsburg. The G train also runs through the neighborhood. This general area is served by the Bedford Avenue through Bushwick-Aberdeen stations on the L train and the Marcy Avenue through Chauncy Street stations on the J/Z trains. The M stations from Marcy Avenue through Wycoff Avenue also serve this area. There is a bus station at the Marcy Avenue station and at the Myrtle-Wycoff station in Bushwick.The B39 bus goes over the Williamsburg Bridge along with the J/M/Z trains and goes to the Lower East Side.

See

  • The City Reliquary (address: 370 Metropolitan Ave) (directions: at Havemeyer; Subway: G train to Metropolitan Ave or L train to Lorimer St) +1 718 782-4842 info@cityreliquary.org
    open: Th 7PM-10PM, Sa-Su Noon-6PM
    Small storefront museum with random artifacts from the city's history.
  • The Hogar Collection (address: 362 Grand St) (directions: between Havemeyer and Marcy Ave; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave or Lorimer St, G train to Metropolitan Ave, or J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave) +1 718 388-5022
    open: Th-M Noon-7PM and by appointment
    The gallery was founded by two artists: Todd Rosenbaum and Cecilia Biagini. According to its website: "The Hogar Collection is a gallery in the flourishing art community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn that represents local and international artists working in all contemporary art-making practices including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and sound. The gallery's aim is dedicated to the promotion of new art, dialogues, perspectives, and strives to be a venue that reflects the diversity of our ever changing world."
  • Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (address: 135 Broadway) (directions: at S 6th St between Bedford and Driggs; Subway: J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave) +1 718 486-7372 wahcenter@earthlink.net
    open: Sa-Su noon-6PM
    Housed in the former Kings County Savings Bank Building, constructed in 1867. Features art exhibitions and displays of historical art and artifacts.

Do

Theater

  • The Brick (address: 575 Metropolitan Ave) (directions: at Lorimer; Subway: G train to Metropolitan Ave or L train to Lorimer St) +1 718 907-6189
    price: Tickets are an affordable $15
    A former garage, The Brick is home to cutting-edge independent theater, The New York Clown Theater Festival, and an annual themed festival each year (past themes included the Moral Values Festival and the $ellout Festival).

Concerts

  • Death by Audio (address: 49 S 2nd St) (directions: between Kent and Wythe; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave, J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave, or G train to Broadway)
    open: door times usually at 8PM
    All-ages underground music venue. Cheap beers available for the 21+ crowd.
  • Music Hall of Williamsburg (address: 66 N 6th St) (directions: between Kent and Wythe; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave) +1 718 486-5400‎
    Hosts larger indie rock concerts.

Buy

  • Academy Records Annex (address: 96 N 6th St) (directions: between Berry and Wythe; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave) +1 718 218-8200
    open: Su-Th noon-8PM, F-Sa noon-10PM
  • Brooklynski (address: 351 Graham Ave) (directions: between Metropolitan and Conselyea; Subway: L train to Graham Ave) +1 718 389-0924
    open: Tu-Sa noon-8PM, Su noon-6PM
    Named for the Polish phrase for of Brooklyn this is a cool gift shop featuring jewelry, home decor, candles, paper goods and gifts for kids, mostly made by local artists. Pick up a Williamsburg tote bag or Brooklyski-branded t-shirt as a souvenir of Brooklyn.
  • Earwax Records (address: 218 Bedford Ave) (directions: at N 5th St; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave) +1 718 486-3771
    open: Noon-8PM daily
  • Permanent Records (address: 181 Franklin St) (directions: at Huron; Subway: G train to Greenpoint Ave) +1 718 383-4083
    open: M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM

Eat

  • Fornino (address: 187 Bedford Ave) (directions: at N 7th St; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave) +1 718 384-6004
    price: Between $8 for a small up to $22 for a large
    open: Su-Th noon-11PM, F-Sa noon-midnight
    Great wood fired pizza with an inside and an outside seating area near the Bedford Ave L train. They also have pitchers of Sangria,3 types of beers, and wine by the glass and by the bottle. Service is a little inattentive, but the large portions of great food make up for it.
  • Peter Luger Steak House (address: 178 Broadway) (directions: at Driggs; Subway: J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave) +1 718 387-7400
    open: M-Th 11:30AM–9:45PM, F-Sa 11:30AM–10:45PM, Su 1PM–9:45PM
    Rated New York's No. 1 Steak House for 23 years in a row by Zagat! Located near the entrance to the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge, this over 100-year-old establishment offers what many connoisseurs consider the best steak in America and it is priced as such. Reservations recommended.
  • SEA (address: 114 N 6th St) (directions: at Berry; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave) +1 718 384-8850
    open: 9AM-6PM daily
    In a spacious and lively setting, complete with a reflecting pool and Buddha statues, you'll find what some consider among the best Thai fusion food, especially for the money, though sticklers for authenticity complain the food is too sweet. All of the curries are highly recommended, as are the emerald vegetable dumplings with black plum sauce and the green salad with mesclun, bean sprouts, taro chips and peanut dressing. DJ's join the fray in the evenings.

Drink

  • Aka Potion (address: 248 McKibbin St) (directions: between Bushwick and White; Subway: L train to Montrose Ave or Morgan Ave) +1 718 628-5470
    open: M 8AM-3PM, Tu-F 8AM-9PM, Sa-Su 9:30AM-11PM
    A small neighborhood cafe with gigantic windows which are a lifesaver for the many nearby dwellers of windowless rooms in converted A.I.R. lofts. They rearrange their furniture constantly, sometimes more than once a month. Sometimes brunch, sometimes music. It's unexpected but still comfortable. A traveler would probably feel welcome, but most of the people in here probably live in the gigantic McKibbin Dorms of which Potion occupies a ground-floor spot, or some similar building around the corner. If you've an Aussie accent, or speak French, this might be a good place to get invited to a party. Free wifi.
  • Barcade (address: 388 Union Ave) (directions: between Ainslie and Powers; Subway: G train to Metropolitan Ave or L train to Lorimer St) +1 718 302-6464
    Features at least 30-40 classic 70s and 80s arcade games, all for 25 cents! Also has 20 microbrews on tap and specialty beer nights.
  • Goodbye Blue Monday (address: 1087 Broadway) (directions: at Dodworth; Subway: J train to Kosciusko St or J/M/Z trains to Myrtle Ave) +1 718 453-6343
    open: M-Sa starting somewhere around 7PM-11PM

Sleep

  • Greenpoint YMCA (address: 99 Meserole Ave) (directions: at Lorimer St; Subway: G train to Greenpoint Ave or Nassau Ave) +1 718 389-3700
    price: $48-69
    Economy and deluxe rooms daily, weekly and monthly rates; higher prices during peak period. $99 for a double room.
  • Red Carpet Inn (address: 980 Wyckoff Ave) (directions: at Halsey; Subway: L train to Halsey St) +1 718 417-4111‎
    A 3 star inn.
  • ZIP112 (address: 112 N 6th St, #5F) (directions: at Berry; Subway: L train to Bedford Ave) +1 347 403-0577 info@zip112.com
    price: Dorms $45-$65, privates $55-$70
    This hostel is on the fifth floor and there are no elevators. The dorms are restricted to females while private rooms (contains two single beds) can be booked by either gender. Features a balcony with a great view of Manhattan.

Contact

  • Brooklyn Public Library (address: 340 Bushwick Ave) (directions: at Seigel; Subway: J/M trains to Flushing Ave or L train to Montrose Ave) +1 718 602-1348
    open: M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM
  • Brooklyn Public Library (address: 790 Bushwick Ave) (directions: at DeKalb; Subway: J train to Kosciuszko St) +1 718 455-3898
    open: M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM
  • Brooklyn Public Library (address: 107 Norman Ave) (directions: between Eckford and Leonard; Subway: G train to Nassau Ave) +1 718 349-8504
    open: M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W-Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM
  • Brooklyn Public Library (address: 81 Devoe St) (directions: at Leonard; Subway: L train to Lorimer St or G train to Metropolitan Ave) +1 718 486-3365
    open: M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM
  • Brooklyn Public Library (address: 360 Irving Ave) (directions: at Woodbine; Subway: L train to Myrtle Ave or M train to Wyckoff Ave) +1 718 628-8378
    open: M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM
  • Brooklyn Public Library (address: 240 Division Ave) (directions: at Marcy; Subway: J/M/Z trains to Marcy Ave) +1 718 302-3485
    open: M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM



Source wikitravel.org/en/Brooklyn/Williamsburg