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Get to know Williamsburg

Sitting along the East River just over the Williamsburg Bridge, this is the Brooklyn that comes to mind first for many. It’s the neighborhood that has long been the epicenter of the borough’s artisanal and local dining scene, often experienced in restaurants that have pressed-tin ceilings and are illuminated by Edison bulbs. For better or worse, Williamsburg’s time as an edgy neighborhood has drawn to a close. These days, Chipotle, Equinox, and Whole Foods all have locations on or near Bedford (the main drag). Domino Park, designed by James Corner Field Operations (collaborators on Manhattan’s High Line), provides the area with another much-needed green space. Williamsburg is huge. The area roughly between Roebling and the river may have the vibe that looms largest in the public imagination.
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History & Culture

Williamsburg has passed through several incarnations in its roughly 200 years — from a village within Bushwick, to its own independent city, and then to being incorporated into the city of Brooklyn (which became a borough in 1898). It has also transitioned from a bucolic area — Cornelius Vanderbilt and others built waterfront mansions here — to a predominantly industrial area.

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Dine & Shop

Bedford is the bustling main strip of Williamsburg, the first stop on the L train for visitors from other parts of the city looking to explore the area’s bars and restaurants. Its nightlife spills over in both directions, however, as far as Roebling to the east and the East River on the west. In the northeast corner of Williamsburg, near McCarren Park, a number of new hotels — with restaurants and bars that are popular with locals as well — sit just to the south of Greenpoint. Williamsburg is large enough to boast several main streets. Metropolitan is another of the busy commercial strips; while the blocks closer to water are ritzier, the businesses tend to become more utilitarian as one heads inland.