Williamsburg

Williamsburg information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
blocks between the BQE & the East River & Williamsburg Bridge & N 12th St
Getting there
Subway: L to Bedford or Lorimer, J/M/Z to Marcy Ave
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Williamsburg is essentially a college town without a college – it's New York’s of-the-moment Bohemian magnet, drawing slouchy, baby-faced artists, musicians, writers and graphic designers. Once a bastion of Latino working-class life, it’s become a prominent dining and nightlife center – and, as a result, has attracted plenty of young urban professionals (and their attendant condo towers). It may not be full of major museums and picturesque architecture, but Williamsburg nonetheless offers plenty to do. The neighborhood now known as Williamsburg was once part of the greater community of Bushwick, a settlement founded by Dutch colonists in 1660. Williamsburg broke off into its own town in the 1820s, when the area began to industrialize. By the late 19th century, a steady stream of Jewish, German, Italian and Irish immigrants were arriving to fill factory jobs. By the 1920s, Puerto Rican immigrants began gaining a foothold. The area attracted textile manufacturers and beer brewers. One of the biggest companies in the area was Domino Sugar, which kept a plant on the East River until 2004. The factory (built in the late 19th century) is now a landmark and a favorite graffiti spot. Most of the neighborhood is located along the East River waterfront, to the north of the Williamsburg Bridge. Bedford Ave serves as the main drag, with clusters of side-by-side cafes, boutiques and restaurants tucked into the area between N 10th St and Metropolitan Ave.