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Williamsburg

Cheese shop on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This is Epicenter of Hip Brooklyn, with Bars and Restaurants Galore

Williamsburg has become synonymous with the hipster life in Brooklyn. Experience it at the trendy boutiques and restaurants along Bedford Avenue, or head to the waterfront now lined with high-rise condo buildings plus a weekly food market.

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At a Glance

  • Dive in: McCarren Park Pool, built in 1936 and reopened in 2012, holds 1,500 bathers and over a million gallons of water.
  • Literary past: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was inspired by the housing block between South Second and South Third Streets (in 1917, it was the most densely populated place in the U.S.).
  • Big screen: Police officer Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the movie Serpico, was shot at 778 Driggs Avenue during a drug bust in 1971.

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About Williamsburg

Brand Brooklyn — the explosively trendy D.I.Y. approach to style and consumption — may have been born in Williamsburg, but categorizing the neighborhood as a mere hipster enclave (as many New Yorkers do) ignores its rich history and sheer size. Pockets of diversity have thrived here ever since the Williamsburg Bridge provided a release valve for Lower East Side tenements in 1903. Today, a gentrifying creative class stitches together long-established Italian, Puerto Rican, Hasidic Jewish and Read More [+]

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