Williamsburg is the epitome of modern New York: an old, working-class neighborhood that transformed into an upscale residential community and a nightlife destination. Artists began moving to the area in the 1990’s to take advantage of its convenience to Manhattan. Then, in 2005, north Brooklyn’s waterfront was re-zoned for residential development, leading to an explosion of new buildings in the area. Today, Williamsburg is one of the city’s most popular locations.
Williamsburg is a huge neighborhood that is bounded by the east river to the west; Flushing Avenue to the south; Bushwick Avenue to the east; and by North 15th Street / McCarren Park to the north. Its most desirable location is along the waterfront, where many homes offer views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline, closely followed by McCarren Park.
Northern Williamsburg is served by the L train, which connects to Manhattan at 14th Street, while southern Williamsburg is served by the J, M, and Z trains. Residents also enjoy access to the G train, which connects to Queens and other parts of Brooklyn, and to the East River Ferry.
Williamsburg has a similar vibe to Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side.
To the east of Bushwick Avenue is East Williamsburg. Expect to find mostly townhouses and boutique apartment buildings in the area. Although East Williamsburg is not the main attraction, it is an affordable alternative for those who want what Williamsburg has to offer.