Best things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sarah on a Citibike in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo by Luis Yanes

Are you moving to NYC soon? One of the great areas to live in New York City is Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I lived in Williamsburg in 2018 and loved it because of several reasons; it is close to Manhattan, there are great restaurants, and the art/culture scene is epic. However, there are many other awesome things about this area too! Learn why you should consider moving to Williamsburg (or at least visit) this awesome neighborhood! 

Is Williamsburg the best place to live in NYC? Watch below! 

WHERE TO STAY

Finding a place to live in NYC can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the new “it” location in NYC and to find your home you should look no further than Capri Jet Realty run by real estate guru Robert Napolitano. They have over 30 years of experience in Williamsburg and are the largest and most successful brokerages in the area. I spoke with Jessie, their office manager, and she can help you find your new home because Capri Jet represents over 50 properties in the area.

In speaking with Jessie, she shared the following about Capri Jet and Williamsburg. 

“Capri Jet has been in business for over thirty years and are located on one of the best blocks of Williamsburg (they get tons of foot traffic). 

We’ve seen Williamsburg undergo a massive transformation within the past ten years and I think that our company continues to thrive because we’re one of the locals. There is a lot of diversity at Capri Jet; agents speak many different languages such as Polish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and more. It’s one of the reasons we continue to thrive. Working with us is like coming home to family; that’s how we treat our clients.

We’ve been here long before gentrification and we hope that we will be here long after as well. We know this city like the back of our hands and we are heavily involved within our community.

We thoroughly enjoy what we do and our reputation is that we are the #1 boutique agency in Williamsburg and we don’t give up until the deal is done.

Is Williamsburg the best place to live in NYC?

LIVE MUSIC

PETE’S CANDY STORE

709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Williamsburg has one of the best music scenes in all of NYC. Dubbed as “The biggest little venue in NYC,” Pete’s Candy Store is not actually a candy store! It’s a music venue and bar and is so unique. It was the first music venue in Williamsburg to have live music every night. Pete’s Candy Store has hosted up and coming artists, along with well-known artists such as Norah Jones. 

Pete's Candy Store Williamsburg
Pete’s Candy Store celebrating 20 years, 2019 (www.petescandystore.com)

MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG

66 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Music Hall of Williamsburg is a tri-level industrial venue, iconic for its unique space and chic look. It’s owned by The Bowery Presents and features indie rock and underground acts. It’s definitely a venue worth checking out!

© 2022 AEG Presents (www.aegsev.com)

BROOKLYN BOWL

61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Brooklyn Bowl is the perfect spot to catch a show, bowl a game, grab a bite and something to drink. We’ve got a little something for everyone.

Photo by Michelle McEwen on Unsplash

THE BRICK THEATER

579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Brick Theater is in “its third decade with a bold new vision and an abiding belief in the power of art. With a renewed focus on multi-week theatrical runs and a dynamic line-up of singular one-off events, The Brick will remain Williamsburg’s primary incubator of innovative theater and performing arts.” – The Brick

CAFES

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

PPL

189 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

PPL is a unique coffee shop in Williamsburg that is Japanese owned and inspired. The drinks are original, the coffee is great coffee, and the atmosphere is inviting with beautiful greenery. I recommend the matcha latte and white sesame latte. They are both really good and have nice, smooth flavors!

DEVOCIÓN

69 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Devoción is the only company in the world that roasts true farm-fresh coffee only 10 days after leaving origin. They have the freshest, best coffee in Williamsburg! 

PARTNERS COFFEE

125 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Partners Coffee “has an unwavering commitment to sourcing and roasting quality coffee. Our partnerships with farmers, producers, baristas, roasters, businesses, and customers have helped us grow and nurture a shared coffee culture and experience.” – Partners Coffee

COPPER MUG COFFEE

131 N 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Copper Mug Coffee is a locally owned shop offering multi-roasted coffee and all-day brunch! They have signature unique drinks along with a scenic backyard. Perfect spot to hang out and unwind. 

SHOPPING

Williamsburg has a great shopping scene. Most shopping can be found on Bedford Avenue and Grand Street.

Williamsburg, Bedford Ave
Photo by Enzo Ticà on Unsplash

Home Goods + Gifts

LOCKWOOD

485 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Lockwood in Williamsburg houses all three of their concepts — Home & Gift, Style, and Paper — all under one roof! They offer local designs inspired by the neighborhood. Lockwood even has an event space tucked away in the back. 

THE MINI MALL

218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Mini Mall features local vendors, artists and secondhand clothing collectors. 

LEIF

99 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

LEIF is a “lifestyle shop full of beautiful things for everyday living—we carry a well-edited assortment of home decor, textiles, table linens, artwork, apothecary, stationery and more. We look in unexpected places and think outside the box to bring you unique goods (from all over the world) that you haven’t seen in other stores, all with the hope of making your everyday a little more beautiful.” – LEIF

SCOSHA

64 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

“The Scosha aesthetic is a colorful, creative combustion of Art meets Artifact. Blending the raw with the refined is a Signature Scosha, whether it’s in our everyday diamond and braided macrame bracelet made from upcycled fishing line, or our multicolored bejeweled ear huggie we never take off. We craft luxurious eclectic pieces to be worn casually everyday.” – Scosha

Vintage

Photo by Kaylin Pacheco on Unsplash

One of the most distinguishing factors of Williamsburg is their vintage and thrift stores. There are so many, largely due to the hipster community. 

THE ATTIC

231 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Attic sells really cool, unique clothing and accessories. The best part if they offer affordable vintage clothing. 

MONK VINTAGE

500 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

L TRAIN VINTAGE

629 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

L Train Vintage, a small boutique, is a vintage thrift goldmine. They carry a great variety, including designer pieces from time to time. 

ANTOINETTE

119 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Antoinette features vintage and indie designers. 

DINING

RADEGAST HALL & BIERGARTEN 

113 N 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Radegast Hall & Biergarten is one of my favorite spots to hang out. You can enjoy a great meal, a nice cold drink from their wide selection of beer, and live music. 

Photo by Giovanna Gomes on Unsplash

PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If you’re looking for a more high-end meal, Peter Luger Steak House is the perfect spot. 

FETTE SAU

354 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Fette Sau has the most delicious and best barbecue in NYC! 

Photo by Emerson Vieira on Unsplash

ATTRACTIONS

DOMINO PARK

15 River Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Domino Park is a 6-acre park reconnecting the community to the Williamsburg waterfront. Domino Park is named after the Domino Sugar Factory. There’s a volleyball court, a kids playground, water activities, food, and epic Manhattan views. 

Domino Park, Williamsburg
Domino Park. Photo by Shihab Chowdhury on Unsplash

MCCARREN PARK

776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

McCarren Park is “35 acres of bustling activity and a site of endless games of kickball, soccer, baseball, bocce, handball, basketball, football, and tennis, not to mention running meets and playground antics. What makes McCarren Park unique is that it is home to the McCarren Park Pool and Play Center, a respite on hot days and a year-round center of community life.” – NYC Parks 

BARS

WESTLIGHT

111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Westlight is one of my favorite rooftop bars. It has epic views of the NYC skyline. And, it’s a multi-level bar with an outside grass area on top and a sleek lounge on the lower level. 

Westlight

These are just some of the amazing things that Williamsburg has to offer. For even more information on living or moving here, reach out to Capri Jet Realty to find your perfect home. Visit CapriJetRealty.com or give them a call at 347-450-3577.

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