Across the Williamsburg Bridge from Manhattan's Lower East side, Williamsburg covers a large area of Brooklyn's north side. With its waterfront location—offering breathtaking views of Manhattan and the East River—proximity to McCarren Park and one-stop access to Manhattan, young Manhattanites seeking space they could afford among its warehouses and lofts were attracted to the area. The South Side is quieter and has retained some of its residents while even further South near the Williamsburg Bridge, the brick homes and traditional row houses of South Williamsburg still remain.
Bedford Avenue, the neighborhood's main street, is lined with popular restaurants, bars, cafes and clothing boutiques from trendy to upscale, all bustling with a steady stream of hip young residents dressed in eye-popping street style. Even on side streets and seemingly desolate, formerly-industrial vistas from the river to the park, Williamsburg is ground zero for the cutting-edge in Indie rock, a vibrant art gallery scene, theater and nightlife.
McCarren Park is a center of activity on weekends, with plentiful green spaces, recreation courts and a large greenmarket on Saturdays in addition to seasonal celebrations and family-friendly activities.
Williamsburg is served by three subway lines, the L on the north J, M, Z on the south and the G on the east, and by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.