East Williamsburg is an area in the northwestern portion of Brooklyn, which lies between Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick, bounded by the neighborhoods of Northside and Southside Williamsburg to the west, Greenpoint to the north, Bushwick to the south and southeast and Ridgewood, Queens to the east. There are numerous different communities and neighborhoods within East Williamsburg, which is well served by the L train at Grand Street, Montrose Avenue and Morgan Avenue. Since the early 1990s, young artists and professionals have been drawn to this diverse area due to its close proximity to Manhattan, as well as major universities including Pratt Institute, New York University, School of Visual Arts, and The New School.
East Williamsburg, reminiscent of Manahattan’s Lower East side once upon a time, is a mix of factories, bodegas, new farm-to-table restaurants and established residences. Though still actively industrial, several factories and warehouses are being decommissioned due to industry leaving the area, and being converted into lofts and apartments for rent, similar to the residential development of DUMBO. Artists and professionals alike are drawn to the area’s awesome and fairly priced loft spaces. You will also find plenty of historical significance south of Metropolitan Avenue, specifically shuttered buildings still exhibiting signs of the area's past as a textile and food production hub. Artist collectives like House of Yes and Chez Bushwick are abundant offering extensive rehearsal and workspaces for rent, fostering the development and exhibition of emerging painters, photographers and installation artists. Excellent galleries abound, including Ad Hoc Art and Grace Exhibition Space for amazing performance art, not to mention the plethora of graffiti and street art in and around the neighborhood.
Graham Avenue, Grand Street, and Metropolitan Avenue are the main dining and shopping districts, with trendy bars, restaurants and boutiques, but also signature residential services such as doctor’s offices, grocery stores and local eateries. Alter, a small and original boutique with locations in both East Williamsburg and Greenpoint, offers a co-ed selection of brands like Cheap Monday, Kill City, and Spiewak. Huckleberry Bar on Grand Street is a neighborhood favorite with upscale craft cocktails, small plates and an eclectic wine list. Carmine’s Pizzeria, a longstanding neighborhood favorite for authentic and inexpensive Italian fare on Graham Avenue, has been family owned and operated since 1979. Down the street, Variety Café serves strong Stumptown Coffee and pastries from SoHo’s Ceci-Cela Patisserie. Cooper Park on the corner of Maspeth and Kingsland Avenues features fitness paths, playgrounds, a year-round dog run and NYC greenmarket every Sunday.