Take A Walk In
The famous neighborhood is notorious for shaping culture, launching businesses - and beards.
Once known as “Bushwick Shores,” Williamsburg earned its iconic name from real estate mogul, Richard Woodhull, who bought, named and helped develop the area during the first-half of the nineteenth century.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Williamsburg achieved incredible industrial, cultural and economic growth, and many major businesses, schools, banks and factories were part of this expansion. Local institutions such as The Pratt Institute, Standard Oil, Corning Glass Works, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the Domino Sugar Factory are just some of the businesses responsible for the economic boom experienced by Williamsburg during this time.
Aside from its industrious past, Williamsburg is also known for its population of diverse ethnicities. In 1903, the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge opened up the community to thousands of immigrants and refugees from war-torn Europe, which even today, accounts for the borough’s cultural diversity.
Today, Williamsburg continues to be known for its unique businesses, from family-owned shops to a melting pot of restaurants and bars. The area is also considered highly influential across music, fashion, food design and art, which has contributed to it becoming, somewhat unwillingly, synonymous with the term “hipster.”
What To Know
Smorgasburg, a weekly food market nestled on the Brooklyn waterfront, features packaged and prepared foods and beverages from over 75 different local and out-of-state vendors.
Brooklyn Bowl, Output and Music Hall of Williamsburg are just some of the unique concert venues residents and tourists frequent.
Fun Fact: Trolley tracks were once part of the Williamsburg bridge, allowing passengers to cross the bridge in street cars using an underground terminal; they have since been abandoned.
The Brooklyn Flea, and Artists & Fleas are just some of the recurring flea-market-style shopping experiences you’ll find in Williamsburg; the area is also home to many vintage, boutique and speciality shops.
Seven different beer halls currently reside in Williamsburg.