Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 26th 2011
Williamsburg, New York is located in the borough of Brooklyn. This is a neighborhood not often visited by tourist of New York but is considered a well-kept secret. Some of the best and most unique dining, nightlife and entertainment can be found in this area.
If you would like to increase your knowledge of beer then plan a stop at the Brooklyn Brewery which has been manufacturing beer for the east coast since 1988. You can take a free tour of the brewery and enjoy free beer tasting in the tasting room which is also a bar. Tours are held Monday through Thursday at 5pm, Saturdays beginning each hour from 1pm until 5pm and Sundays hourly from 1pm until 4pm.
If you like to bowl, but don't like the newest fads in bowling then plan an afternoon at The Gutter which is a bowling alley and bar. The bowling alley has wooden lanes and 1970s décor. This place is usually crowded at night and on weekends but during the week the crowds are thin. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 5pm until 4am, Friday 2pm until 4am and Saturday and Sunday 12 noon until 4am.
Williamsburg is home to many different types of thrift stores and if you love to bargain shop this is the place. You can find anything from clothing, jewelry, furniture and shoes. All of this is located in a quiet section of the neighborhood. The stores often carry items donated by local celebrities and television and movie companies.
If visiting galleries is your idea way to spend the day then take a stroll down the streets of this neighborhood. Many of the artists move to Williamsburg to take advantage of the cheaper rent prices and this has become a "must see" place on anyone's trip to New York. The artists range from painters to sculptures.
After all the shopping, bowling and beer drinking you may find yourself in need of a little down time. McCarren Park is the place to "stop and sit a spell." This neighborhood park covers 35 acres and has baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds and plenty of places to just sit and rest. In the summer the park hosts an outdoor music festival.