10 min from Manhattan, and in the heart of Williamsburg and Bushwick - two of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, and hottest neighborhood in NYC filled with amazing restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shopping.
Williamsburg is also host to many of these activity spots, and if its not here, you can find it within a 5 to 25 minute subway ride. Most people that visit take advantage of the amazing sights to see and the shopping all around the city. Dont forget about the museums, they are so wonderful. Also, to see reviews, please go to www.twbgh.com (my airbnb site).
Williamsburg is an influential hub for indie rock, hipster culture, and the local art community. The neighborhood is being redefined by a growing population and the rapid development of housing and retail space particularly catered to a wealthy population that has been historically foreign to the neighborhood. The specific area we are in was historically Italian and you will still find great Italian bakeries and restaurants scattered around the neighborhood. A significant component of the Italian community on the North Side were immigrants from the city of Nola near Naples. Residents of Nola every summer celebrate the 'Festa dei Gigli' (feast of lilies) in honor of St. Paulinus of Nola, who was bishop of Nola in the fifth century. The immigrants brought the traditions of the feast with them. For two weeks every summer, the streets surrounding Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, located on Havemeyer and North 8th Streets, are dedicated to a celebration of Italian culture.
The first artists moved to Williamsburg in the 1970s, drawn by the low rents, large spaces available and convenient transportation, one subway stop from Manhattan. This continued through the 1980s and increased significantly in the 1990s as earlier destinations such as SoHo and the East Village became gentrified. The community was small at first, but by 1996 Williamsburg had accumulated an artist population of about 3,000. Art galleries in the area include the Front Room Gallery. Williamsburg and Greenpoint are served by a monthly galleries listings magazine, wagmag. Theater is also represented by indie theater spaces such as The Brick Theater and The Charlie Pineapple Theater.Williamsburg has become a notable home for live music and an incubator for new bands.
Lets talk distances in minutes from The Williamsburg Guesthouse, via the subway, including walking, granted you dont get lost. ;-)
These are Manhattan atractions:
Times Square: 20 to 25 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Empire State Building: 20 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Grand Central Station: 20 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Rockefeller Center: 15 to 25 minutes (from teh Guesthouse)
Lincoln Center: 25 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Battery Park to see The Statue of Liberty/Elis Island: 20 Minutes (plus another boat ride if you want to go to the Island) (from the Guesthouse)
South Street Seaport: 20 to 25 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
High Line walk way in Chelsea: 15 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Union Square: 7 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Metropolitan Museum of Art: 25 to 30 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
Natural History Museum: 25 to 30 minutes (from the Guesthouse)
And so so many more places. Just ask. You can definitely schedule your trip to hit many of these attractions in one day.
These are places in the neighborhood, and all walking times, at a medium pace:
McCarren Park (and actual public free Pool): 7 minutes
Union Pool, a must-go bar: 4 minutes
Barcade, a bar with lots of old 25cent 80s games: 3 minutes
Beacons Closet, an amazing 2nd hand clothing store: 15 minutes
Brooklyn Brewery, where they make Brooklyn beer, they do 'tours' every weekend, its so fun: 15 minutes, just across the street from Beacon's closet.
Brooklyn Bowl, a must-go bowling alley, even if you dont bowl, get some chicken, its amazing!: 15 to 20 minutes, just around the corner from Brooklyn Brewery.
There is so much more that is not here! This neighborhood and Manhattan has it all, literally. You can get the best food in the world that is from those parts of the world at almost any given time.