Williamsburg

The secret’s out: Williamsburg is the poster child for Brooklyn’s hip and alternative scene.

Brunch and bike away the day and lounge and drink away the night in this infinitely hip warehouse-turned-loft Brooklyn neighborhood. New York City’s top spot for looking awesome while ordering beers that come in a tall can, Williamsburg is a food, drink, and music lover’s paradise. This ultra-trendy neighborhood completes its super cool repertoire with alternative-looking street art and two-story murals.

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On the Map

Williamsburg is within Brooklyn and bordered by Brooklyn Navy Yard, Clinton Hill, Greenpoint, Sunnyside, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Queens

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

JFK Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
LaGuardia Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 24 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 36 minutes by subway

Williamsburg: Brooklyn's First Trendsetter

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Williamsburg merits significant street cred. The neighborhood's self-conscious nonchalance sparked the beginning of a new kind of street style.

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That spark ignited the fire of a fashion movement tightly embodied by skinny jeans and decidedly manufactured indifference.

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As a destination for post-college twenty-somethings and creative minds, Williamsburg offers more than a fashionable legacy.

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The neighborhood boasts cool bars, sleek boutiques, and record stores where you can still find first-pressed vinyl.

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Williamsburg is one of Brooklyn's most popular and exciting neighborhoods. It straddles old and new. You can explore the lively arts, music, and boutique scene here, chill in numerous cafes, dine in some exceptional restaurants — and soak up the creative energy and unique vibe."

A Glimpse of Williamsburg Wares

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Williamsburg is a very cool area with loads of great bars and restaurants, and Manhattan is only a few stops away on the subway"

Oliver

Visited in 2012

Williamsburg's Repurposed Industry

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You could argue Williamsburg is a pioneer.

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As one of Brooklyn's first neighborhoods to create collector's items out of defunct warehouses, Williamsburg put repurposing back on the map.

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In the last ten years, Williamsburg has evolved from a mostly industrial warehouse neighborhood into an enclave of vintage boutiques, foodie eats, electronic music venues and Michelin restaurants."

By Board or Bike: Williamsburg Gets Around

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Skaters and bikers are as common as walkers and loungers in Williamsburg's public spaces.

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Bikes beat the alternative of wrestling for a parking place in a neighborhood where vacant spots are rare finds.

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Williamsburg connects to Manhattan's Lower East Side via the Williamsburg Bridge, a rivet-and-bolt steel marvel that features easily accessible pedestrian and bike lanes.

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Williamsburg is such a cool place to live- only ten minutes with subway from Manhattan, so it was no problem coming back and forth. We can really recommend going to the Brooklyn Flea."

Matilde

Visited in 2012

High Energy After Dark

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When night arrives, Williamsburg really comes alive.

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Old, young, hip, and odd, Williamsburg's countless bars, cafes, and late-night conveniences promise entertainment until the sun rises.

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A head dress just for the fun of it. Costuming is a delightfully common occurrence in Williamsburg.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Youngna Park is a photographer and multimedia producer based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. In 2011, she co-produced the feature-length dance music video, "Girl Walk // All Day", with her husband (and fellow Airbnb photographer), Jacob Krupnick. Her photography is intertwined with the narratives of daily life, and highly influenced by the relationship between nature and urban spaces. Shooting for Airbnb was a great reminder of how wonderful and serendipitous meandering walks around NYC can be.

Youngna Park

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Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

Kenn Tam

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