Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 14th 2011
The Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York is one of the fastest-growing regions in New York City. The area was originally known for its Hasidic Jewish, Italian, Puerto Rican, and Dominican population; however, with the rapid growth of the area has come the "hipster" (free-thinkers, "starving artists, etc.) population.
With all the growth and expansion, though, Williamsburg has been able to retain a neighborhood feel. This is especially apparent when you leave the "main drag," otherwise known as Bedford Street. On the side streets and thoroughfares, you'll still find streets with little traffic, small bodegas, and other things that remind you of how Williamsburg used to be.
You'll enjoy visiting Williamsburg, so much so that you'll want to devote an entire day to your visit. Don't worry about running out of things to do, because there are so many boutiques, places to eat, and places to enjoy music that you won't find in Manhattan that you may have trouble seeing it all.
Where to start
Start at the "egg" restaurant. That's its name: "egg" - no caps. Here you can enjoy a good breakfast, which will fuel you up for your day of shopping and sightseeing in Williamsburg. The restaurant is located at 135 North 5th Street, and breakfast is served until 6:00 PM, so you don't have to worry about waking up or getting there at the crack of dawn (or right at 7:00 AM, when it opens.)
Where to, next?
Your next stop is McCarren Park, because now you've got to burn off all that breakfast. Or, if you don't want to burn off your breakfast, just relax and watch everybody else run around. If you'd like, and you remembered to bring your swimsuit, and it's the right weather, you can take a dip in the pool.
I'd rather go shopping and sightseeing.
OK, that's fine. There are plenty of places to shop, especially if you like shopping for trendy clothing. Check out Beacon's Closet or Brooklyn Industries (this is a chain store, but it's roots are literally in Brooklyn, NY, so you're keeping things close to home when you shop here.)
If you're a music lover, check out Earwax Records and Academy Annex. Both these places have CDs, LPs (yes, old-fashioned vinyl records), and DVDs in practically every music genre you can imagine.
Just strolling down the streets in the Williamsburg neighborhood will let you see and meet some of the friendly people who live here. Don't forget to pop into one of the bodegas for a quick snack or just to say hello.
If you're visiting Brooklyn on a Saturday or Sunday, and it's after 12:30, you can take a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. However, even if you miss the tour, make sure you stop in for a drink after 5:30 on the weekdays and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
End your day at Peter Luger Steakhouse, Belmonte's, or any of the other restaurants in Williamsburg. It's a perfect way to wrap up your visit to Williamsburg.