Famous outside of NYC, Williamsburg is a rapidly growing neighborhood known for a large population of young artists, indie rockers, hipsters and a diverse community. Surrounded by Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, and Navy Yard, Williamsburg is a bustling neighborhood with a lot to offer.
Originally it’s own village, Williamsburg has had a long history as a home for Manhattanites seeking a less-expensive refuge across the river. Because of the convenience of the village, the population grew fast. It became the Town of Williamsburg in 1840, and evolved again into the City of Williamsburg in 1855. However, Williamsburg was soon incorporated into Brooklyn that same year.
Once Brooklyn became part of New York City in 1898, more transportation options were added, making Williamsburg very popular, especially among immigrant populations. Post-WWII, it became home to many Hasidic Jews as well as people from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. As industry declined in the 1970s, the neighborhood grew poorer, and crime increased.
However, over the past generation, young people led by artists and musicians have restored the community and turned it into a safe, upscale destination neighborhood. Today, Williamsburg is a trendy neighborhood full of trendy people.
Historically, Williamsburg featured row homes and mostly single-family housing. However, since rezoning in 2005, the neighborhood has begun to expand into the sky, with a growing number of high-rises along the waterfront.
Considered a “hipster hotspot”, Williamsburg is a very vibrant and popular neighborhood in Brooklyn. It's especially alluring for the younger, hip crowd. It is filled with trendy eateries, boutiques and food markets.
The nightlife here draws crowds from every other borough. Many of the bars have rooms set aside for live events like music and comedy. Art is an important part of the culture in Williamsburg which is why so many young artists call it home.
Williamsburg is a very safe area with a low crime rate. With a good number of schools and easy access to hospitals, families can feel at ease here. The neighborhood is mostly a younger crowd, so noise is a given. However, if you don’t mind that, Williamsburg is a great place for families.
The New York City subway provides access to Williamsburg via the L, M, J, Z, and G trains.
Biking is extremely popular here. There are miles of bike lanes, plenty of Citi Bike docking stations, and traffic is light.
Not many people drive here, but it's a good way to get around. The traffic is never bad and parking is readily available.
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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 34.5.
When looking at residents older than 25, 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 rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 42.0 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 37.8 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.