Why do people like and want to live in Williamsburg?

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I’ve lived there for 14 years.

It’s the excellent bars, nightlife, music venues, food, shopping, and beautiful city parks.

When I was first there it felt very much like a place for art students, aspiring musicians and creators of all kinds.

It’s been significantly gentrified since then but now I see a new groundswell of young politicians and community leaders who are trying to do positive things like advocate/develop more public space, curb the speed of development and campaign for more affordable housing.

Above all it’s location location location. You’re 1 stop to the lower east side and east village, 20-30 mins from midtown, 20-30 mins from Chelsea and 15 mins from Bushwick. You’ve also got some of the best panoramic views of the city within walking or running distance.

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It’s close enough to Manhattan but more bang for your buck, amazing views of the city, great food & nightlife.

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Small-town feel with a distinct culture, dining, waterfront; stoop culture, parks and it feels like a community.

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Fun bars for going out without the hustle of going out in les. Some of the best restaurants in nyc. Definitely the best yoga studios

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I’m personally not a fan because I feel the public transportation options are so limited, so I always wonder the same question as you

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With the L fully operational, it’s actually really good in terms of PT.

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It can be a “small town” within a city while still being international and feel very relevant and current

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It's the mecca for recently graduated kids who work in finance

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You’re thinking of Murray hill

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I don’t live in Williamsburg but I do live in Brooklyn (park slope) and after 5 yrs in Manhattan I wanted to move out to Brooklyn for the feeling of a small town within 20 mins of downtown Manhattan. The food scene/ nightlife for me is better out here. I still go into Manhattan probably once a week to see friends, but I aged out of wanting to club in Chelsea and les every week. I still go maybe once a month but it’s nice to know I can retreat to my backyard and dog when I want to while still being like 5 stops away from Manhattan.

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Which part? North, East and South are each very very different…

West.. definitely West

It’s trendy and young!

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