Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s rapidly redeveloping neighborhoods, borders Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Ridgewood. Known for its concentration of performing arts venues, galleries, boutiques, fine dining and food trucks alike, Williamsburg continues to synthesize history and youth culture. By day, bike across the Williamsburg bridge, shop the Brooklyn Flea market, or stop by Beacon’s Closet for vintage thrills; by night, see a live musical performance at the famed Music Hall of Williamsburg, relax at one of the many lounges and bars, or take a tour of the iconic Brooklyn Brewery. Immigrant populations who have inhabited the area since an influx of movement from Manhattan to Brooklyn in the early 20th century still make up a critical part of Williamsburg’s demographics; however, the neighborhood has attracted a recent influx of new residents, especially around Bedford and its L train subway stop.
Though originally a hub for heavy industry, today a mixture of multi-family homes, historic industrial buildings, and an increasing amount of luxury waterfront properties make up Williamsburg’s diverse urban landscape. Thanks to a large scale rezoning of the North Side and Greenpoint’s waterfront passed in 2005, the district has been rezoned to accommodate waterfront park space, esplanades, and residential construction. The Williamsburg bridge connects Manhattan’s Lower East Side to northern Brooklyn it its entry in Williamsburg, the L train cuts right through to its heart, the J, M, and Z trains service the South side, and the G train, the East side.