Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Williamsburg

by Rachel Signer, 07/29/2014 [Updated 03/01/2016]

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  • Over the past 15 years, Williamsburg has developed into one of New York City's most culturally vibrant enclaves. The Brooklyn neighborhood, which extends roughly from the East River to Bushwick Avenue, bounded by McCarren Park to the north and Flushing to the south (though Broadway is the cutoff for most of the action), is home to an incredible array of the borough's most creative restaurants, fashion emporiums, music venues and arts organizations—little wonder why it's garnered global renown. Although several national corporations have recently set up shop (including Starbucks, much to the chagrin of some locals), independent culture and a DIY ethos remain hallmarks of the area. And while remnants of Williamsburg's grungier past continue operations—look for charming dive bars like the Turkey's Nest on Bedford Avenue—they're frequently located near newer, more chic establishments like Reynard and Hotel Delmano. Emerge from the L train at Bedford Avenue (or the G train at Nassau, and walk south a few blocks) to encounter a dynamic scene that's rapidly transforming, but always places a premium on creativity and self-expression.

    To explore more, check out our interactive map of neighborhood attractions, and book a hotel so you can stay right near the action.

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