Things to Do Must-See Williamsburg
With its emphasis on local cuisine, outlandish fashion and all-night parties, Williamsburg's reputation for trendiness is well deserved.
Nightlife Best Williamsburg Bars
Hit a Williamsburg bar scene that features breweries, cocktail lounges and, sure, bowling.
Transportation NYC Ferry Stops
Food, drink, shopping and more great finds just steps from your ferry stop.
Things to DoInsider Guide: Williamsburg
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.
Nightlife Q&A with Steve Myers
Brooklyn musician Steve Myers—of Mighty Fine and the Afghan Whigs—tells us why he loves his neighborhood.
Hotels NYC Art Hotels
NYC’s hotels offer a range of covetable amenities—not least their artworks. Here are a few hotels where the decor is by contemporary masters.
ToursNew York Beer and Brewery Tour
The New York Beer and Brewery Tour is an upbeat, fascinating and unique weekend bus tour that visits some of the best breweries in New York City. Guests enjoy a variety of craft beer tastings and great food, along with behind-the-scenes access to breweries, and a rare glimpse at remnants from New York’s rich beer history. The tour has 4 stops, which includes 3 craft breweries and 1 specialty craft beer bar for a meat and cheese pairing. This is a great experience for both the beer snob and the beer novice alike.
Shopping Crosby Street Shopping Guide
Here’s where to spend your ducats on Crosby Street in Lower Manhattan.
ToursSunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tour
Take a booze cruise of Brooklyn and Williamsburg. Williamsburg’s charm is irresistible, with inspiring street art, stellar bites, cute boutiques, and a lively bar scene. Knowing the local hangouts is crucial to experience this area to the fullest, so your tour will be led by an expert. You will visit some faves like Brooklyn Brewery and designer hotspot Artists & Fleas. Your ticket also scores you beer, wine or whiskey, BBQ, ice cream, chocolate tasting and a guided hot sauce tasting by a hot sauce 'sommelier'.
ToursBest of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg
Get to know Brooklyn’s history and modern-day culture on this informative 2-hour walking tour through one of New York City's trendiest neighborhoods, Williamsburg. With an insider guide, you'll discover the borough's rich heritage, hip businesses and contemporary street art scene. While you explore this laid-back neighborhood, you'll see historical buildings, pass by boutiques and cafes, and stop for a photo op of the Manhattan skyline from the waterfront.
ToursWilliamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour
This walking food tour is a window into what makes the Williambsurg neighborhood so special. Try ice cream made by an Iron Chef contestant, the "Best Pizza" in Brooklyn, cookies from a judge on Master Chef, and more. You will enjoy 7 full portion tastings while learning the history of the neighborhood, experiencing some amazing street art and checking out the best view of the New York City skyline.
ToursBrewery and Beer-Tasting Tour in Brooklyn
Learn about Brooklyn’s beer-brewing past and present on a guided walking tour of a local brewery and the history-rich neighborhood in which it’s located. Brooklyn was a beer-brewing capital for much of the 1900s, but all of the 40+ breweries that existed in the borough pre-1970 have disappeared. Find out why, and what is causing them to return, as your local guide leads you on a brewery tour and a walk through the neighborhood of Williamsburg.
ToursCraft-Beer Crawl of Brooklyn
Tired of ordering the same old brew? Find a new favorite on this craft-beer crawl in New York City! Join your knowledgeable guide on a tour of Brooklyn, and find out why New York City is considered a capital of the beer world today.
You'll tour several bars that serve craft beer, plus a beer store, in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn and learn about the barley, hops and dedication put into every batch of brew. And don’t worry about drinking on an empty stomach – in addition to the 10 free samples of beer provided, a selection of appetizers are included to help keep your feet moving to the next bar!
In the Neighborhood
Museums & Galleries
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.
Museums & Galleries
The Sketchbook Project at Brooklyn Art Library
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.