Welcome to Williamsburg!
If you're planning an NYC trip and you've done all the touristy things in Manhattan, you should make your way to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Last year, we visited the Statue of Liberty, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, TriBeCa, Chelsea, SoHo, the 9/11 Museum, Dumbo and we may have even got engaged in Central Park (story on that coming soon). Last year’s trip was exhausting but also magical and we both got to check many things off our NYC bucket list!
Leo and I decided to live like locals this year while visiting New York. We found a hip Airbnb in Williamsburg that was once an old soda factory. A lot of Williamsburg’s new real estate development is coming from old warehouses or factories that have been in Brooklyn for years. Our Airbnb had a lot of exposed brick and mid-century/minimalist décor. We also had access to a rooftop patio that gave us incredible views of Manhattan and the beautiful sunsets. Our hosts Adam and Christine were wonderful and gave us plenty of recommendations. For those concerned about transportation into Manhattan, don’t worry one bit because the L train is in the neighborhood and in 3 short subway stops you can easily be in the heart of Manhattan. If you are going to be in Manhattan, please utilize the Subway system. It saves your feet from a lot of pain and allows you to experience New York from a different perspective. We purchased the 7-day pass for $32 and we found this to be easier than having to wait in line and purchase one-way tickets all the time. If you have an iPhone, the maps app is perfect for figuring our subway routes.
So, let’s talk about Williamsburg. We arrived late Friday night but just in time for Smorgasburg which happens every Saturday at the East River State Park. This is the ultimate foodie market that features an array of vendors from Brooklyn and New York. Leo decided on Dan and John’s Wings and they didn’t disappoint. A recent review crowned them NYC’s King of Wings. I tried out Outer Borough, a Taiwanese Style Scallion Pancake filled with popcorn chicken, house spices, basil mayo and cilantro. After deciding what to eat, you can walk over to the park and have a picnic and enjoy the views of Manhattan.
A few other places we visited were Devoción Coffee which has an industrial look but opens to a naturally lit space inside. They don’t have Wi-Fi on the weekends so be prepared if you need to work. We decided to go dancing one of the nights and found Kinfolk 94 just around the corner from our Airbnb. They had a live DJ, art exhibits, and great cocktails
One thing you don’t want to miss is the Ferry Rides from Wall Street to 34th St (East River Route). They stop at North and South Williamsburg and you can easily catch a ride from South or North Williamsburg. It’s $2.99 one-way (as of this post) but it’s worth it because if you go to the top deck you are able to take in the city views.
Williamsburg has so much more to offer that we weren’t able to experience it all. We will be back to experience their art walks, do a bit of thrifting, and find new spots to eat and get our morning cup of coffee.