The Brooklyn Flea flea market on the Williamsburg waterfront, with the East River and Manhattan beyond

Williamsburg is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, as little as one subway stop away from Manhattan, and is bordered to the north by Greenpoint, to the east by Bushwick and to the south by Bedford-Stuyvesant.

In recent years, Williamsburg has transitioned from a traditionally working-class Jewish, Italian and Polish neighborhood into a poster child for urban renewal and gentrification. The North Side and Greenpoint have become some of New York's hottest areas, with new bars and restaurants popping up every month. The South Side still has a very traditional feel with a large Hasidic Jewish population.

These neighborhoods together will give you everything you look for in New York: views, food, people, and plenty to explore. There is something here for every visitor.


Looking west on S. 6th St. toward the Williamsburg Bridge

Get Polish food at Karczma (136 Greenpoint Av.), coffee at Ashbox (Manhattan Av. between Ash & Box), brunch at Brooklyn Label (Franklin & Java), Mexican at Acapulco's (Manhattan & Clay). 5 Leaves, on the north-west corner of McCarren park, is one of the best restaurants of the entire city, build up with the estate that Heath Ledger left behind after he passed away.

There are lots of good Polish meat markets along Manhattan and Nassau Avs, too. For some industrial chic, walk down Java Street to its dead end at the East River for great views of Midtown. Nearest subway: G train to Nassau Av. and Greenpoint Av. stations.

Get in

The iconic Williamsburg Savings Bank Building

You can take the J/M/Z trains to Marcy Avenue for the South Side or the L to Bedford Avenue for the North Side. The East River Ferry makes stops in both north and south Williamsburg. The G train also runs through the neighborhood. This general area is served by the Bedford Avenue through Bushwick-Aberdeen stations on the L train and the Marcy Avenue through Chauncy Street stations on the J/Z trains. The M stations from Marcy Avenue through Wycoff Avenue also serve this area. There is a bus station at the Marcy Avenue station and at the Myrtle-Wycoff station in Bushwick. The B39 bus goes over the Williamsburg Bridge along with the J/M/Z trains and goes to the Lower East Side.



Row houses on a tree-lined street in Bushwick





Polish stores in Greenpoint, north of Williamsburg




Go next

Routes through Williamsburg

END Long Island City, Queens  N  S  Bed-Stuy Downtown Brooklyn
Financial District Lower East Side, Manhattan  W  E  Bed-Stuy East Brooklyn
Chelsea/Greenwich Village Gramercy Flatiron/East Village, Manhattan  W  E  East Brooklyn END
Midtown Lower East Side, Manhattan  W  E  Forest Park, Queens END
Jackson Heights Long Island City  N  S  Brooklyn Staten Island

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