Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s most coveted neighborhoods, offers a plethora of artistic, creative energy against a backdrop of industrial buildings, sprawling new construction and old school neighborhood charm. Located directly across the river from Manhattan’s lower east side via the Williamsburg Bridge or the L train, a short commute is just one of the many perks that draws prospective residents to this vibrant and diverse atmosphere.
Today, the housing stock largely consists of apartment and loft rentals, condominium and townhouse sales. Co-op sales and rentals are not as prevalent in Williamsburg as they are in other parts of the borough such as Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Historically, Williamsburg and the bordering neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Bushwick and East Williamsburg were predominantly industrial, with a heavy concentration of Italian, Polish, Jewish and Hispanic immigrants. Industry left the area littered with numerous historical landmark buildings and converted factory lofts and condominiums, such as the Smith-Gray building and The Gretsch. The infamous Domino Sugar Refinery on the waterfront, which closed in 2004, is currently being redeveloped for residential and commercial uses along the East River Waterfront. The neighborhood’s mix of old and new architecture lends a distinction that attracts one of the most eclectic crowds in all of Brooklyn.
Williamsburg is home to several established and emerging art, music and theater venues, as well as countless cafes and boutiques that dominate Bedford Avenue, one of the area’s foremost attractions for shopping and dining. The excitement and activity of Bedford Ave. is contrasted by the quiet sophistication of Broadway Ave., the South Side’s historic main street, where you will find some of Williamsburg’s finest gourmet restaurants such as Diner, Marlow & Sons and the world famous Peter Luger's Steakhouse.
The ubiquitous flair of originality that appeals to designers, artists and entrepreneurs alike is evident through the range of activities Williamsburg has to offer. In the summer, the historic East River State Park on the waterfront hosts the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, and other outdoor venues such as waterfront movies. As the site of a 19th century shipping dock, visitors and residents may also discover unique historical vestiges like railroad tracks and old cobblestone streets submerged in concrete. McCarren Park, a 35-acre landmark central to residents, has a dog park, public swimming pool, fields for soccer and baseball and a Green Market on Saturdays. Nitehawk Cinema on Metropolitan Ave. has food…and cocktails. Green Desk, a new environmentally responsible co-working space on Kent Ave., offers office space rentals for small and start-up businesses.
Rentals in Williamsburg
100 South 4th Street Unit 1C
$3,599 per month
162 North 12th Street Unit 3D
$3,650 per month
$2,985 per month
171 North 10th Street Unit 6B
$7,400 per month
214 North 11th Street Unit 4F
$4,700 per month
$3,800 per month
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