|Saturday was a gorgeous day to take a walk over the Williamsburg Bridge.|
I’m far from a hipster, but I’ve become infatuated with the cool, urban vibe of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Aside from the burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, a large concentration of indie shops, and a significantly slower pace than Manhattan, the accessibility as compared to some other neighborhoods makes this pocket of NYC attractive. I can only surmise that’s the main reason the area’s real estate prices have skyrocketed over the past ten years or so.
From my apartment on the Upper West Side, the trip to Williamsburg is a quick 40 minutes to the Bedford Avenue subway stop on the north side of the nabe, and that includes MTA construction delays on weekends. I hop on the 1/2/3 to the L train at 14th and take it one stop into Brooklyn. Not too shabby of a commute.
I could also ride the 1 train to the D and get off at Delancey on the Lower East Side, then walk over the Williamsburg Bridge. That route puts me on the south side, but would take at least an hour, since the 1.2-mile walk across the bridge is about 20 minutes. But I don’t think I’d mind walking this bridge on most days.
I might add that traveling this bridge is a much less crowded option than the Brooklyn Bridge (I love walking over it too), but it can be intense and even a bit stressful with all the pedestrians and bicycles. Most of the Williamsburg Bridge has a separate section for bikes, making a trip on foot safer than the Brooklyn Bridge.
What’s my ongoing fascination with Williamsburg? I’m really into the artistic vibe of the community. I realize many of the creatives have since moved to Bushwick and other parts of Brooklyn or Queens, but when you ramble through Williamsburg, some of the artiness still lingers, and I can only hope it doesn’t fade completely.
So, this past weekend I had the urge to go back to Williamsburg and poke around some more. Mike and I rode the trains to Brooklyn and made the trek across the bridge on the way home. I had a great time spending the afternoon in this colorful New York City neighborhood. Take a tour with me!
Until we meet again, Williamsburg…