Walking down Bedford Avenue, one might easily be confused at the legions of men with bushy moustaches, blousy shirts and suspenders holding up distressed denim. This is not a warp backwards into colonial past of the 19th Century, but just everyday reality in Williamsburg.
As the birthplace of the hipster movement, Williamsburg does more than live up to its irony-loaded reputation with its tattooed and bearded, beautiful residents. Its proximity to Manhattan has made it the most coveted address for entry-level Brooklyn living, which means that third wave coffee, hand-spun designer clothing and shredded kale salads for brunch are doled out in abundance to the young and trendy.
In recent years, the nexus has expanded to include Wythe Avenue, a previously empty, warehouse-lined avenue that is now home to the Brooklyn Flea every Saturday, and its foodie sister Smorgasburg on summer Sundays.
With its unobstructed views of the East River and Manhattan and access via ferry, Wythe Avenue has seen a flurry of new activity, including numerous high rise condominiums and the ‘burg’s newest night spot Output, an in-the-know European style dance club with a panoramic rooftop terrace to boot.
Distances to airports
By car (without traffic): JFK – 25 mins | LaGuardia – 15 mins
Distances to Manhattan
By subway: Soho – 20 mins | Times Square – 25 mins | Central Park – 30 mins
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Nitehawk Cinema is a cinema/eatery that combines food, film and music in one happy package.
Marlow & Sons
The epitome of Williamsburg dining, proprietors Mark Firth and Andrew Tarlow, also own Marlow & Daughters, a butcher shop peddling homemade grass fed burgers and a leather goods store, Marlow Goods, which stocks utilitarian accessories made from the hides of the meats served in their restaurants.