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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 [+]

LIVING in Brooklyn

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How to Decorate Your Super Tiny Apartment

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Brunch Without a Wait

Weekend brunch is a quintessential New York experience, and with it comes delectable hangover-quenching food, free-flowing morning booze and, unfortunately, long lines. Read More »


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New York City’s 8 Best Barbecue Joints

Is New York the best barbecue city in America? The mere suggestion of it might ruffle down-home feathers, yet how could you argue otherwise? Read More »


Getting the Polish Experience in Greenpoint

Greenpoint is riding high these days, buoyed by an artisanal ice cream shop (Van Leeuwen), a bar for barrel-aged beer (Torst), and lots of attention as the setting for Girls, but if you’ve never sampled the bounty of its old Polish Read More »

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