Though it’s become more refined in recent years, Williamsburg still has a hipster vibe—as evidenced by indie music performances, gallery shows and shops run by local artisans. Distilleries and wineries show off the neighborhood’s flair for locally made spirits, while Smorgasburg packs in creative food vendors along the riverfront on summer Saturdays. Williamsburg is one of the City’s most exciting nightlife neighborhoods too, with many of NYC’s trendiest restaurants and clubs.
With its emphasis on local cuisine, outlandish fashion and all-night parties, Williamsburg's reputation for trendiness is well deserved.
Hit a Williamsburg bar scene that features breweries, cocktail lounges and, sure, bowling.
Think you know Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood that has become a byword for cool? You might think again when you hear these firsthand accounts from longtime residents who make some of the beer, food, jewelry and, of course, music that give the neighborhood its cachet. Though the area has changed of late, with new apartment buildings and more families moving in, the spirit of creativity that made it a popular destination in the first place remains one of its most powerful draws.
Brooklyn musician Steve Myers—of Mighty Fine and the Afghan Whigs—tells us why he loves his neighborhood.
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This one-of-a-kind library has collected tens of thousands of user-submitted sketchbooks, categorizing them by subject, medium, artist's location and other criteria; it then makes them available for browsing to the public, for free, at this cozy reading room.
City Reliquary's status as a "weird" museum was fated from the start: once a first-floor Williamsburg apartment, a button on the outside of the building prompted a recording narrating the story of the dentures, window chains and figurines visible through the front window.
The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who's written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30 Rock—still drops by this free weekly stand-up showcase in Williamsburg from time to time, but Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest usually host these days. Make sure to call ahead and check whether the show's happening before you go; they do skip some weeks and charge admission on special occasions. Guests regularly stop by, and many of them are famous. Don't bring the kids, though—it's 21-plus.
Photographs of New York State Pavilion at World’s Fair and today.