Williamsburg, New York.
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Williamsburg is the trendiest and most popular of Brooklyn’s social scenes, partly because of its strategic location just over the Williamsburg Bridge, and partly because it’s packed with vintage clothing shops, artsy boutiques, and incredible nightlife venues.

Starting in the 1980s, unlicensed performance halls and DIY venues sprang up in the abandoned industrial sites that dominated the area, giving up-and-coming sensations a place to play their hearts out to sweaty revelers in closet-sized havens.

Many of these venues, especially along the main thoroughfare of Bedford Avenue, have since been converted to pricey lofts and apartment complexes, but Williamsburg is still home to a number of stalwart concert venues like the Brooklyn Bowl and the Music Hall, jazz and world music restaurants, and warehouses-turned-artist galleries.

First-rate beer gardens and bars fill up with flannel-wearing hipsters who come to prime their nights, while some of New York’s best traditional restaurants – from former Mafia haunt Bamonte’s to a plethora of Mexican, Brazilian, and Thai eateries – also dot the landscape, thanks to the wide range of ethnic enclaves that make up the population.

Williamsburg’s proximity to Manhattan gives it prominence among the party crowd, but as both a conduit to the city and a gateway to the rest of Brooklyn, it has also become one of the most expensive areas of the borough to live in.


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