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“Lively atmosphere, worth investing some time”
Review of Williamsburg

Williamsburg
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Best of Brooklyn Walking Tour in Williamsburg
Ranked #13 of 240 things to do in Brooklyn
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

We've only begun to explore Williamsburg in our most recent visits and have enjoyed the food, shops, bars and the vibrancy of the area. Need more time there.

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Aim for Bedford Ave and WEST 9th Street. Then walk towards Grand. Also similar (but not quite as good) on Driggs. Plenty of interesting small shops and places to eat.

4  Thank 09Raleigh
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

For my wiife's birthday we visited the Domino Sugar Plant"soon to be demolished for condos" and the Sugar Bay installation. This is an amazing exhibition created from A sugar resin and molasses
of various "black"characters. Many people jammed the sight but it was amazing. We also enjoyed a leisurly drink at one of the local restaurants in the area. This whole area has undergone an amazing change over the last 15 years. You should really see this attraction in the next month before demolition.

2  Thank Allan S
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

From a NYC native who welcomes travelers to her hometown.

On a recent trip to Japan I realized that Brooklyn had truly gone global: over breakfast I scanned a Japanese-language hipster mag with a clothing layout shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Frankly, those of us pre-hip Brooklyn natives who knew Williamsburg as industrial and/or slum, don't really "get" the new hipster Williamsburg. HOWEVER, cities and cultures evolve - so if you want the hipster action, go there! It's convenient to/from lower Manhattan (by subway). But (as always) a couple suggestions:

1. The new Williamsburg is really about atmosphere. You can soak it up pretty quickly, possibly over a meal with other hipsters, both local and from other neighborhoods. But since it takes more time to get Williamsburg, I suggest you squeeze more from your travel investment.

2. There's an indoor flea market on weekends - Brooklyn Flea - but note the name is a bit misleading. This is not a grotty flea with piles of cast away items: this is chic, edgy, collectibles - priced accordingly - offering unique mementos you can treasure for a lifetime. But even if you don't buy, the atmosphere is hip and free.

3. For a sense of NYC history, walk across the Williamsburg Bridge into the Lower East Side. Though LES has changed (all city neighborhoods do) the history is palpable in the ancient tenement buildings that once housed inhumane numbers of immigrants in small, airless spaces. If you want to understand NYC's greatness, you gotta honor the struggles of the immigrants and their place in building this great city.

4. For a short, meaningful and relevant history lesson, check out the NYC Tenement Museum. It's just a few hundred feet away from the Manhattan footing of the Williamsburg Bridge - and is sadly missed by most time-challenged travelers. But if your in LES anyway, the museum is small enough to provide a worthwhile experience for little additional time to get it.

Last, if you're visiting in the summer, consider these itineraries earlier in the day - before the traffic, heat & humidity multiply the old-city smells.

Happy travels!

6  Thank MING A
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Williamsburg is a nice neighbourhood to have good food and/or drinks and musicians playing on the streets. The Surfbar is a cool spot. Enjoy a walk over the Williamsburgbridge to Manhattan.

Thank Nina R
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