Travel tips New York: Williamsburg – America’s Hippest Neighborhood

Williamsburg is the epicenter of Brooklyn and the most happening neighborhood in New York City. Once largely industrial with modest housing for immigrants, it is now a mix of renovated luxury loft buildings, art galleries, shops and eateries, all geared toward the artistic, music-loving stylish hipsters that now populate the local streets.

Brooklyn Bowl
An unusual venue: half bowling alley and half concert venue. Bowl, have dinner and see a concert all at the same time. Food is prepared by one of Brooklyn’s leading names in restaurants. Concerts are sometimes sold out, so buy tickets in advance.
Shop Vintage
If you love vintage clothing and shoes, Williamsburg has a lot to offer in different price ranges. Don’t miss the huge and popular Beacon’s Closet. For designer labels visit Fille de Joie, Malins and Amarcord, among others!
Mast Brothers Chocolate
Owned by two brothers, this award winning chocolate shop features a storefront and factory where the chocolate is made. Various flavors are wrapped in their own individually handmade paper designed by family and friends. You can also take a tour of the factory!
Black and White Gallery
An art and project space that features the work of emerging artists and those advanced in their careers. They have another space in Chelsea, but this location is specifically designed for installations. The typical style is aggressive and avant-garde. Free of charge!
Eat at Diner
Have lunch or dinner inside a genuine 1950’s railcar. The food is a healthy and delicious version of neo-Americana, and the intimate, retro ambiance is unique!

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