From July of 2017 until this past July, Williamsburg was my second home. Williamsport is my first, for now… But we’ll get to that later. I fell in love with this neighborhood. Yes, it has been heavily gentrified, but it still has its charms. If you want to see how Williamsburg was maybe only 5 years ago, go check out Bushwick. You can actually see the progression block by block. But Williamsburg still had that grit I loved with a mix of new and modern.
Once my girlfriend moved here, we rarely ventured into Manhattan. We had everything we had here. Yes, we’d visit NYU and the Village, but RARELY did we go into midtown anymore. And I loved it that way. I’ll miss this neighborhood. The reasons are the same as to why Williamsport will also be getting a goodbye soon enough. But again, we will get to that later.
For now, let’s look at this colorful neighborhood one last time.
Kent Avenue is going through a huge transition from waterfront warehouses and industry to gleaming riverfront properties. Historic buildings like this are disappearing by the week. Just a month before this photo was taken, another building stood next to this one.
Domino Sugar Refinery has become the center of a multibillion dollar redevelopment project that will have parks, condos, apartments, and retail space. Mor more info, check out this coverage from Curbed.