Williamsburg

Fed by the ultra-convenient L train into Union Square, Williamsburg—located near Greenpoint, Bushwick, and Bedford-Stuyvesant—is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, brimming with artists, galleries, cafes, fashion boutiques, restaurants and nightlife. Its multi-generational Polish, Italian, German, Puerto Rican, Dominican and Hasidic residents live side-by-side young trendsetters, hipsters and professionals attracted to the area’s vibrancy. It is also known as a thriving hub of indie rock. The North Side is populated by many Polish and Italian residents, East Williamsburg by Italian, African American, and Hispanic residents, South Williamsburg by Hasidic residents, and the South Side by Dominican and Puerto Rican residents. Some people refer to the area as “Hipsterville” due to its large aforementioned population of hipsters and artists, which are mixed among the immigrant groups, particularly around Bedford Avenue.

Bedford Avenue is, in fact, a mecca of inventive restaurants, eclectic bars and funky shopping — while its surrounding streets are low-rise walk-up apartment dwellings and warehouses that have been carefully transformed into artists’ and musicians’ homes and entertainment loft dwellings. The area also has a large number of clubs that led to it being such a center for indie music, such as The Bog, Rubulad, The Lizard’s Tail, Keep Refrigerated, Mighty Robot, Trash, Flux Factory, Quiet Life, Keep Refrigerated, Todd P., Twisted Ones, and Dot Dash. Commercial venues include Pete’s Candy Store, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Union Pool, and Galapagos, and a number of theaters, such as The Brick Theater.

The area was first purchased from the Native Americans by the Dutch West India Company in the mid-seventeenth century, at which time it was called Boswijck and later anglicized by the British to Bushwick, when they took over. At the start of the nineteenth century, 13 acres of Bushwick were bought by Richard M. Woodhull, who hired Col. Jonathan Williams to survey his newly purchased property. He named this portion Williamsburgh in Williams’ honor. The area rapidly expanded and soon became its own entity, separate from today’s Bushwick, in 1827. Soon afterwards, industrialists built up shipyards as well as sugar processing refineries and breweries.

The area achieved further fame when famous New York millionaires such as Cornelius Vanderbilt built mansions there, and Charles Pratt founded the Pratt Institute. The still-famous Pfizer Pharmaceutical company was founded in Williamsburg by Charles Pfizer, and continued to maintain a plant there until 2007. In fact, so influential was Williamsburg that at one point, it had a financial hub that was a significant rival to Manhattan’s Wall Street and possessed a full 10% of the country’s wealth.

At the start of the twentieth century the Williamsburg Bridge finally opened, and a flood of new residents poured into the area, which soon became the most densely populous city in the country, New York City’s most densely populous neighborhood, making it the most densely populous part of the entire country. It was also the setting, at the time, for the world-famous novel, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” Famous people who grew up in Williamsburg include Joy Behar, Barry Manilow, Kiss’ Peter Criss, and Henry Miller.
Williamsburg also benefits from the May 11, 2005 City Council approved rezoning proposal for nearly 200 blocks in its northern section and with its neighbor to the north, Greenpoint. According to the New York City Department of City Planning Website: “In its Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning, the Department of City Planning proposed zoning changes to allow for housing and open spaces, in tandem with light industry and commercial uses, along two miles of Brooklyn’s East River waterfront and upland neighborhoods.

“In two vibrant communities as well as areas that have been mostly vacant and derelict for years, the proposal would create opportunities for thousands of new housing units, including affordable housing. And the proposal offers a blueprint for a continuous publicly accessible esplanade and new public open spaces along the waterfront, forging long-sought links between the water’s edge and the established Greenpoint and Williamsburg communities, adding yet another publicly accessible jewel to New York City’s waterfront.”

First-time homebuyers are pleased by the many affordable condos and modern loft conversions peppered throughout the area ranging from $300,000 - $1,000,000. These are spacious alternatives to downtown Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side artists’ spaces.

Famous Williamsburg landmarks include The Kings County Savings Institution, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Williamsburg Houses, Brooklyn’s first public housing done on a large scale, and the Domino Sugar Refinery Building, which, though it no longer runs, is considered a landmark of the city and so still stands.

Transportation includes the L, J, M, Z, and G subway lines, the Williamsburg Bridge, and bus routes such as B24, B39, B43, B44, B46, B48, B59, B60, B61, and Q54.

For more information:
http://www.freewilliamsburg.com
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/
http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2009/05/a_scene_grows_in_brooklyn

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GIGANTIC 2-BEDROOM NEW CONSTRUCTION (Elevator)  w/ Balcony steps to L train! EAST WILLIAMSBURG
2 BR 1 bath
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1050 sq ft
$3,100
Brand Newly Renovated 1 Bedroom Apartment with Home Office in WIlliamsburg, 2 blocks to the L Train!
1.5 BR 1 bath
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$2,500
Corner Retail Space - North Williamsburg, One Block from Bedford Ave
Studio 1 bath
Mixed Use
Commercial Lease
1100 sq ft
$8,000
Brand New Medical Office Space for Rent Conveniently located in Prime East Williamsburg
1 bath
Mixed Use
Commercial Lease
850 sq ft
$2,000
Sun-Drenched Top Floor oNE bEDROOM WITH HOME OFFICE PAD 2 blocks to McCarren Park & G train!
1.5 BR 1 bath
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975 sq ft
$2,500
No Broker fee - 2000 SF Carriage House with additonal 1100+ storage area, private courtyard - BEDFORD AVE!
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3000 sq ft
$8,000
No broker fee - Sun-Drenched Three Bedroom with Huge Kitchen by the Lorimer L & McCarren Park! Backyard access!!!
3 BR 1 bath
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1000 sq ft
$3,800
State-of-art 2 Bedroom (Flex 3) / 2 Bath West of Bedford Ave!
2 BR 2 bath
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1075 sq ft
$4,500
Beautiful Two Bedroom steps to Montrose Ave L!
2 BR 1 bath
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$2,300
1 Bedroom 1 Bath at The Edge Williamsburg Waterfront
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,500
New Construction - No Fee 1Bed / 1Bath - Williamsburg
1 BR 1 bath
Low-rise
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$3,000
Studio - 1 Month OP or 1 Month Free -Brand new Luxury Development in Brooklyn
1 bath
Mid-rise
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$2,720
New Construction - No Fee 2Bed / 2Bath - Williamsburg
2 BR 2 bath
Low-rise
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$4,050
Brand New 2 Bedroom Luxury Apartment - 1 Month Free or 1 Month OP
2 BR 2 bath
Low-rise
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$3,995
1 Month OP or 1 Month Free - Brand new luxury apartments in Williamsburg!
1 BR 1 bath
Mid-rise
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$2,995
NO FEE!!! LUXURY GREENPOINT Studio
Studio 1 bath
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$2,775
No FEE Beautiful & Modern 1 Bedroom Apartments
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,375
Stylish 1 Bedroom on Union Ave.
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,750
No FEE Beautiful & Modern 1 Bedroom Apartments
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,351
1 Bedroom in  the luxurious Kent Avenue
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,545
Gorgeous Studio McCarren Park South ~Terrace~
Studio 1 bath
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$2,925
Excellent Condition 2 Bedroom in Williamsburg ~NO FEE + FREE RENT!~
2 BR 1 bath
Apartment
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$3,695
*Great Value* 1 Bedroom Penthouse With Terrace 1/2 OP!!
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,725
Beyond Manhattan Luxury
2 BR 2 bath
Apartment
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$6,000
Williamsburg Retro 2 bed Loft Conversion
2 bath
Rental
$5,620
Gorgeous Williamsburg Studio
Studio 1 bath
Low-rise
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$2,595
Fantastic 1 Bedroom Great Value ~NO FEE~ Williamsburg
1 BR 1 bath
Apartment
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$3,351
~Great Value~ Studio McCarren Park Williamsburg, Won't Last Long!
Studio 1 bath
Apartment
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$2,445
Gorgeous Williamsburg Luxury 1 Bed ~NO FEE~
1 BR 1 bath
Apartment
Rental
$3,351
NO FEE Williamsburg Luxury at it's Finest
Studio 1 bath
Apartment
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$2,324
Soho-Style Brick Loft in the Heart of Williamsburg!!
1 BR 1 bath
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$4,600
A Gorgeous Response to Your Luxury Craving. Williamsburg. *NO FEE* ~PRICE REDUCTION~
1 BR 1 bath
Apartment
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$3,525
Epitome of Luxury Living in Williamsburg, North Side, Right by McCarren Park
Studio 1 bath
Apartment
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$2,805
Amenity Filled Lifestyle, Best of Sophistication in Williamsburg
1 BR 1 bath
Apartment
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$3,750
Soho-Style Brick Loft in the Heart of Williamsburg!!
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$3,900
Stunning Williamsburg 2 Bed on Kent Ave, ~PRICE REDUCTION!~ Will Rent Soon!
2 BR 2 bath
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$5,460
Epitome of Luxury Living in Williamsburg, North Side, Right by McCarren Park
2 BR 2 bath
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$4,650
Amenity Filled Lifestyle, Best of Sophistication in Williamsburg
2 BR 2 bath
Apartment
Rental
$4,500
Epitome of Luxury Living in Williamsburg, North Side, Right by McCarren Park
1 BR 1 bath
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$3,575
No Broker Fee - Carriage House Lofty Pad by Teddy's on the Northside!
1 BR 1 bath
Rental
500 sq ft
$2,200