Williamsburg is an area located at the western edge of Brooklyn, just across Manhattan over East River. When I first went to Williamsburg for visiting my friend near the photo above 25 years ago, the neighborhood around Bedford Avenue, one of the area’s main streets, wasn’t only scary but had nothing. The area had no fancy shop and not many people walking. The most visible thing was warehouses (my friend also lived one of the old warehouse lofts). The area was dark and empty. That was not the area I wanted to take a walk. There was no development concept of waterfront or convenient location just across Manhattan around that era.
Time flies and now Williamsburg is one of the most trendy areas in New York City where also many tourists know. Only 7-8 minutes away from 14th Street and Union Square in Manhattan, nobody would keep Williamsburg as “an abandoned area”. Apartment situation was improved besides higher rent, and now many luxurious condominiums were built. The population was increased. Many popular restaurants, cafes, and stores attract a lot of people to the area.
Williamsburg is a hip neighborhood now but still keeps good old Brooklyn. There are still many old, low-rise brown brick apartments and brownstones. Edges and vibes are bolder than Manhattan. The area is now really nice to walk around.
Spring arrived in New York City and the weather became clear on the evening of first Saturday in April. I enjoyed taking a walk around the area with my camera.