Out and About in Williamsburg | NYC
During the past months, I realized that my blog was about many things, but not on what I actually started it for – traveling. And even if I had many possibilities here in NYC, I didn’t use my time to travel and explore the city, but rather spent time at home doing nothing. Why, I’ll explain in another post anytime soon, but for now all I wanna say about it is that it changed, and I finally made it to Williamsburg…
Wiliamsburg has been on my bucket list when I visited New York 2014, but as my boyfriend also had some things he absolutely wanted to visit, we didn’t really have the time for it. And then, somehow, we just didn’t do it earlier…so I took the chance when my friends Lisa and Luzi were visiting and we spent a lovely day in Williamsburg.
Williamsburg – New York’s Berlin
New Yorkers say that Berlin is Germany’s Williamsburg, and as far as I see it, that’s true! Williamsburg is the hipster quarter of New York, with many small restaurants, bars and boutiques that you wouldn’t find like that anywhere in Manhattan. Rents here are sometimes higher than in Manhattan, which doesn’t surprise me, as the best apartments offer great city views, especially on lower Manhattan and are located close to the water.
Restaurants, Boutiques and Bars
While in Manhattan, you might find several stores in one street together with some chains, Williamsburg is dominated by little individual boutiques, cozy restaurants and some bars that offer great views on the river and lower Manhattan from their rooftops. We loved the little shops over there and spent hours just browsing through the offers – even if most of it was out of out budget, it was just really nice to have a look and see some special things. I am sure that you could find similar offers in Manhattan, but just not all in one street like at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. We started without really having a plan and just took the L to Bedford Avenue and walked around from there – and that was the best decision, as you mostly discover more if you don’t plan it all out in detail.
Relax at the East River
After some time, we just enjoyed some snacks (and a huge muffin we got at some small bakery) at a little park directly at the East River. It was not only nice to sit in the sun, but we could also enjoy great views on the river and lower Manhattan, including the Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge – obviously we used the time to take some great pictures as well. I could have stayed there the entire day, but after about one hour we decided that we wanted to see more of Williamsburg – again, without a plan, as this is the best way to discover new neighborhoods.
Sunset with a view!
After dinner at some small pizza place (that had really great pizza!), we decided to watch the sunset from a park at the East River. As Williamsburg is in Brooklyn, which is located east of Manhattan, the sun is going down behind the skyline of the city, and we just loved it. We were told that this was not the most colorful sunset lately, but for us, it was just perfect – so whenever you are in Williamsburg and the weather is okay, just make sure to find a good spot to watch the sunset!
My conclusion: it was for sure not the last time that I visited this great neighborhood – and I am sure that next time, there will be even more to discover, new things to see and more little restaurants and shops to explore. So if you are in New York and have one day (or more) to spare, make sure to take a trip to Williamsburg, without any plan, just go there and enjoy, you will certainly not regret it.