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Williamsburg is known as an artist’s neighborhood and a cultural mecca, both for its large artist population and for the variety of trendy bars, restaurants and specialty shops it offers. Once an industrial area, today’s Williamsburg is a residential haven offering housing options from historic brick row houses to lofts in former factories to modern condominium developments.
Williamsburg is a neighborhood immersed in popular culture but still retaining its many historical influences. These can be seen in the strong Hasidic and Italian communities that continue to thrive here, as well as the small industrial section that remains in what is now called East Williamsburg. There are also various architecturally important churches here, as well as several historic landmarks. The King’s County Savings Institution dates back to 1860 and was built in the French Second Empire style, giving it the appearance of an ornate mansion. The Domino Sugar Factory, dating from 1856, is a trademark of Williamsburg’s historical roots.
Williamsburg is bounded by Flushing Avenue to the south and Metropolitan Avenue to the north, and runs from the East River to the Brooklyn-Queens border. The Williamsburg Bridge spans the East River and provides transportation to Manhattan, as does the L subway line. The J/M/Z and G trains also serve Williamsburg.
Bedford Avenue in this neighborhood is home to a large selection of highly-regarded shopping, drinking and dining options, including restaurants like Ako, offering Japanese cuisine and sushi, and bars like the old-school style Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern.
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