Right beneath Greenpoint and just above Bushwick, East Williamsburg is equal parts residential and industrial. The warehouses and industrial portions of the neighborhood are slowly disappearing as the residential portion, mostly housing students and young professionals, expands.
Williamsburg was founded in 1827 as part of the town of Bushwick. The village of Williamsburg expanded to the Newtown Creek in 1835, solidifying the boundaries most people know today. Once a sizable population of German and Irish immigrants began living in the area, Williamsburg became its own town in 1844.
Williamsburg would not be its own town for very long as, just one decade later, it was incorporated into the city of Brooklyn. It then became part of Greater New York City in 1898 as a neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn. Once this change occurred, East Williamsburg was separated from Williamsburg based on district zones.
Though both neighborhoods were largely industrial, East Williamsburg had access to the Newtown Creek, opening it up to a wider variety of industries. Today, East Williamsburg is still largely industrial, but is slowly becoming more residential as abandoned warehouses and factories are converted into living spaces.
While East Williamsburg is becoming more residential, high rise luxury buildings are very rare in this area. Instead, the neighborhood sports several streets of row houses and mid-rise apartment complexes. Additionally, many of the abandoned warehouses and factories are being converted into living spaces keeping East Williamsburg relatively flat.
This neighborhood has a rough exterior, especially given that its industrial past is still very much on display. There are a decent number of warehouses, some abandoned, some inuse. This can give the area a bit of a disheveled look.
That said, the people moving to the area are upping the cool factor by a lot. Mostly students and young artists seeking studio space, East Williamsburg is quickly becoming the trendy place to be. For many people, the rough look of the neighborhood only adds to the aesthetic.
This area is very safe, with violent crime being extremely rare. While the neighborhood might not be the most attractive looking one, apartments here are usually a decent size. Some even come with an outdoor space. East Williamsburg could be a great family neighborhood if folks gave it a chance.
As East Williamsburg was mostly industrial until very recently, famous residents are hard to come by. However, given the growing population of the area, that will likely change soon.
East Williamsburg is accessible via the first few Brooklyn stops on the L train.
Biking is extremely popular here, with plenty of bike lanes for easy navigation and a ton of Citi Bike docking stations for your convenience.
Driving is also pretty popular in this area. Traffic is light and parking is ample.
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East Williamsburg is located within Kings County, New York. This area currently has 2,606,852 residents in 938,803 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 25.80% have graduated from high school, 20.68% have a bachelor's degree, and 13.40% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 57.8% and the median income in this county is $50,640.
At least 70.55% of those living in this county are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 42 minutes.
Geographically, Kings County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 38 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.