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is the epicenter of Brooklyn as a fashionable worldwide brand. The neighborhood may have rents higher than Gramercy and crowds more than Soho, but it’s popular for a reason: The quaint streets are lined with inventive New York restaurants, rooftop bars and eclectic shops, and throngs of people flock to the waterfront for flea markets and giant food bazaars during the summer.
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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.
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.
KENNETH J. MOORE
International Realty | Lifestyle & Estates
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