At hostels it is common to answer any of the following questions – Where are you from? How long are you going to stay? Where have you been so far? What are your plans the next day?
There is hype about Williamsburg that makes most visitors coming from different parts of the world curious about it, never mind that we don’t really know anything about the concept of gentrification, the problem with the “L” train, or the whole hipster thing. Maybe, the curiosity arose from the fact that Williamsburg denotes the idea of independent culture, a lane of brown-stoned apartments and friendly neighborhood DIY shops, yup, just like in the movies.
So, I was curious about Williamsburg too, however I mistakenly head out to Brooklyn in an early weekday morning where Bedford Avenue all the way to McCarren Park was deserted.
Most of the shops are still closed and no one on the streets except for a few passing cars, so I just simply passed time walking around the neighborhood and saw Russian Orthodox Church, VICE Headquarter and Brooklyn Brewery to name a few.
I could only imagine that Williamsburg given at the right time of a day is a great place to hang out, maybe with a local friend who knows about secret dive bars and music venues, more than just the usual street arts or graffiti walls to photograph.
But in a way it is refreshing to be away from the skyscraper of Manhattan even for an hour or so. Even though my visit was not as eventful as I wish it will be, a few hours spent walking around Williamsburg including the East Side River Park is a great way to spend time in New York.