When I revisit a city for second or third time I tend to visit some old favorites (neighborhoods or restaurants) and explore new places as well! In the case of New York City, Greenwich village has been my favorite neighborhood, which I tend to re-visit, but Brooklyn and Williamsburg were (almost) new to me and I was eager to explore those neighborhoods back in April, since I had heard so much about them!
I started my walk from Downtown Brooklyn (Jay St – Metro Tech station) and walked towards Brooklyn Heights. This neighborhood is filled with brownstone buildings which once belonged to artist and writers. At this point I should say that I’ve researched most of my NYC walks on a blog called Walking Off the Big Apple which I discovered 6 years ago when planning my first trip to New York City. That’s were I read about Brooklyn Heights and decided I should definitely see the place with my own eyes. Apart from exploring the residential area I was more than eager to walk around the Brooklyn Bridge Park and admire the Lower Manhattan Skyline, which is exactly what I did before walking towards DUMBO.
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No, I’m not talking about Disney’s cute flying elephant; I’m talking about the area called Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (aka DUMBO). Those New Yorkers are very inventive with their abbreviations I must admit! The area is a mix of residential, commercial and storage buildings. All I really wanted was a shot of Manhattan Bridge before going north to Williamsburg! The funny thing is that in order to get to Williamsburg from DUMBO I had to take the metro back to Manhattan, and then take another metro to get there!
I got off at Bedford Avenue metro station, which according to my research is the heart of Williamsburg. It was a sunny day, a fact that helped me go through the neighborhood extensively! I walked up to Mc Carren park, along Bedford Avenue and Wythe Avenue (among others) and took photos of Midtown Manhattan from Bushwick Inlet Park!
Williamsburg is indeed an up and coming neighborhood as construction sites were everywhere! The new buildings have a modern vibe and they mix with older ones too, though I should say that, personally, architecture-wise I wasn’t that impressed. I expected (because of the hype) that Williamsburg would knock Greenwich Village off my top spot. That didn’t happen though! Still it’s worth a visit for shopping and entertainment (and those views)!
What I enjoyed the most in Williamsburg was the colorful street art! I took many photos, from which I include my 2 absolute favorites. I also checked out some “must-see” shops like Urban Outfitter’s concept store Space Ninety 8, the Catbird (with dainty but expensive jewelry) and Mast Brothers Chocolate. I ended off my visit with lunch at Sweet Chick (which I chose based on the name).
Have you visited Brooklyn and Williamsburg? What did you like the most?
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