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Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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One subway stop from Manhattan, Williamsburg is a mecca for young creatives--an influential hub of current indie rock, hipsters, and the local art community. Stroll on a continuous 3.2 km (2 mi) string of waterfront esplanades or cycle along Bedford Avenue. This Brooklyn neighborhood, once characterized by manufacturing, was rezoned for residential use and has been gentrified over the last couple of years. A melting pot of ethnic groups--including African Americans, Hasidic Jews, Italians, Poles, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans--the area has attracted artists, musicians, and the urban underground since the 1970s. It's brims with art galleries, artisan shops, boutiques, gourmet restaurants, indie theater spaces, and late night music, dance, and performance events. To visit Williamsburg and get the most from your holiday in Brooklyn, create itinerary details personal to you using our Brooklyn travel route planning tool .
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  • Enjoyed a fun 3-hour tour of Williamsburg with LikeALocal tour guide Walter. Yes, it was a cold day for a walking tour, but our personable guide warmed us up with entertaining historical facts & numer...  more »
  • Unlike Manhattan, laid-back atmosphere. Look like a Tokyo daikanyama, lots of quiet and local shops.
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To enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline and have easy foot access to most of the borough's major attractions, stay in Brooklyn's downtown area. The borough's main tourism district, this area offers both luxurious accommodations for visitors wishing to splurge during their stay, as well as more economical lodgings for those traveling on a limited budget. If you don’t mind driving or taking the subway to most tourist sites, consider one of the neighborhoods outside Brooklyn's central area, such as Williamsburg or Prospect Park.
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