What was once a gritty, industrial home for counterculture artists at the turn of the 21st century has since transformed thanks to rapid gentrification that brought glittery residential towers with waterfront views. South of Greenpoint, the large neighborhood is packed with repurposed factories, colorful murals, indie music venues, and trendy bars along with dozens of coworking-friendly cafes and spaces.
Just about every corner of Williamsburg has a coworking space. Class & Co, Cocoon, Greendesk, Spaces, The Yard, and WeWork all have locations here. The boutique Bat Haus, the stylish The New Work Project, the leafy The Brass Factory, and the gallery/studio The Bakery, housed in a former kosher bakery, are inspirational options.
Begin the workday with chocolate babka from Oneg Bakery and coffee at roastery and coffee shop Devoción. Grab sandwiches from Marlow & Sons or book a power lunch at famed steakhouse Peter Luger. Go old school with burgers, chicken tenders, and hand-dipped soft serve ice cream from Mister Dips, a retrofitted 1974 Airstream trailer parked at The William Vale hotel.
Take an afternoon coffee break in the courtyard at Freehold, a coffee shop by day and bar by night. For Michelin-starred meals, sample the locavore cooking at The Four Horsemen or the farm-to-table fare at Meadowsweet. Enjoy snacks and appetizers at brasserie Francie (be sure to save room for the cheese cart!) or splurge at Aska, which serves seasonally-inspired set menus by reservation only. For meals without Michelin stars, consider dinner in the garden at the pork-focused Traif or authentic Roman dishes at Antica Pesa.
Take the team out for beers at Brooklyn Brewery, absinthe cocktails at Maison Premiere, or craft cocktails at the rooftop Watertower Bar or The William Vale's Westlight. Want more team building? Williamsburg's varied nightlife options include bowling and rock concerts at Brooklyn Bowl, movies at Nitehawk Cinema, performances at theatrical incubator The Brick, and live music at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Pete's Candy Store.
Spend leisurely weekends along the five-acre Domino Park, perusing the world's largest collection of artist's sketchbooks at Brooklyn Art Library, soaking away stress at BATHHOUSE, and enjoying an eat-a-thon at Smorgasburg, an outdoor Saturday food market.
Lauren is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in 100+ publications, including The Daily Meal, Culture Trip...
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