Now, Williamsburg

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Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge Photo: Marley White

In their continuing spotlight of the less well-known areas of New York, NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, is highlighting a Brooklyn suburb – Williamsburg –  in this month’s Neighborhood x Neighborhood feature.

Accessible from New York City via the L and G trains, Williamsburg is described by the tourist board as having “evolved into one of New York City’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, known for its world-class restaurants, one-of-a-kind clothing and jewellery stores, vibrant music venues, diverse ethnic groups, trendsetting residents and more.” Williamsburg was also the site of the classic novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It is also famous for the Williamsburg Bridge which, when it in opened in 1903,  was the longest suspension span in the world.

Williamsburg also offers a few other reasons to visit apart from those tourist board clichés.

Until 22nd November, Smorgasburg features 100 food vendors from New York City and the region at East River State Park. On Sundays, Brooklyn Flea’s new location at 50 Kent Avenue is home to 150 vendors selling vintage clothing, jewellery, furniture and home decor.

It is also home to the Brooklyn Brewery producing the lager that is very popular in these parts and not a bad drop of beer it is. Visitors can attend a tour offered on Monday to Thursday evenings and weekend afternoons. There is also a boutique urban winery Brooklyn Winery where  guests can sample wines, beer and food at the wine bar in addition to enjoying tours of the winery and, to complete the alcoholic tour, the New York Distilling Company is a craft gin and rye distillery offering tours, tastings and live music

It is also home to Bamonte’s is one of New York City’s oldest restaurants being just 114 years old.. The old-school Italian restaurant is also popular among Williamsburg’s younger population and its menu includes everything from homemade manicotti and chicken rollatini with mushrooms to clams casino and shrimp marinara.

Readers might know of my penchant for cheese and ho I have moaned about the general lack of decent cheeses to be found in American cities  unless you attend the twice a week markets in New York on Wednesday’s and Saturdays so I make no apology for mentioning the Bedford Cheese Shop has been in the business of artisanal cheeses for more than 10 years and provides cheeses that taste of cheese and not plastic.

For more information about Williamsburg and other things to see and do across New York City, visit


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