Think you know Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood that has become a byword for cool? You might think again when you hear these firsthand accounts from longtime residents who make some of the beer, food, jewelry and, of course, music that give the neighborhood its cachet. Though the area has changed of late, with new apartment buildings and more families moving in, the spirit of creativity that made it a popular destination in the first place remains one of its most powerful draws.
For more than a century, this Brooklyn neighborhood is where New Yorkers have come to play. In this video, a sideshow performer, the proprietor of a
famous local pizzeria and the neighborhood’s unofficial mayor let you know
why the seaside getaway (and attractions like the terrifying Cyclone roller coaster) are still irresistible today.
You're most likely to visit Prospect Heights because of the major attractions bracketing the neighborhood: Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum near its southern boundary, and Barclays Center—home of basketball's Brooklyn Nets and hockey's New York Islanders—to the northwest. Once you've made the subway ride out, though, don't miss the subtler charms in between: historic brownstone architecture, mom-and-pop shops and a thriving restaurant and bar scene.
Known for a deep roster of authentic international restaurants (especially Chinese and Mexican), Sunset Park is also home to the beautiful grounds of Greenwood Cemetery, Revolutionary War history and real-life chocolate factories in Industry City. Let locals show you around in this video guide.
Looking for the pulse of the neighborhood that spawned NYC’s punk movement and Off-Off-Broadway scene? Let the locals show you the independent bookstores, vintage shops, cabaret stages and rock ’n’ rolls bars where the East Village’s rebel spirit lives on.
This Manhattan neighborhood's historic charm dovetails flawlessly with the new shops, restaurants and nightspots that keep sprouting up. In this short documentary video, locals explain what they love about the area.
John Jobaggy of J.T. Jobaggy Inc. Meat Purveyors shows us around the neighborhood and talks about its history. Having once been focused on its eponymous industry, the Meatpacking District is now a shopping, dining and nightlife destination.
Historic architecture, small local shops and a wealth of cultural institutions—not to mention proximity to two of the City's major parks—make the cozy Upper West Side a must-visit destination. Learn about the area's charms from the residents who know it best in our short documentary.