When we traveled around New York City, we couldn’t miss out on Brooklyn. After all, movies and TV shows have made the other side of the bridge in NYC so popular, that we were curious to see by ourselves.
To say that Brooklyn is happening is an understatement. Whatever scene you’re into, you’ll find your way around here. Particularly if you’re a hipster! If you are one, it’s in the neighborhood of Williamsburg that you will feel at home.
Once a traditional working class area, Williamsburg is now a hotspot where bars, restaurants, art galleries and anything “alternative” or “indie” concentrate. Talking with our hosts in Queens, we were mentioning that we walked around Brooklyn. “Did you get to go around Williamsburg? It’s full of colorful hipsters..“, they asked. “We think so.. we don’t know if the area we walk around was Williamsburg exactly.“, we answered. “Ohhh.. then you didn’t go there! Once you’re in Williamsburg, you know! You’ll see the people all around you and you will be reassured that you are indeed there!“. True!
Next day we took the subway to Bedford Ave and the moment we came out of the station, we knew: this was indeed Williamsburg!
It was a Sunday, which meant we got to enjoy the popular Williamsburg Flea Market. Not only it was an experience from a people’s watching perspective, it was also very interesting to understand how you can mark up old stuff, call it vintage or unique and sell it as a one of a kind.
I kept on thinking about the time my Mom had to empty my Grandma’s house and get rid of her stuff. Nobody would give decent euros for her old furniture and decorative items, but in Williamsburg we would have cashed out big time!…
If the above are items hipsters like to buy, the kind of stuff they apparently like to eat involve pricey hot dogs, fusion cuisine (Japanese with Mexican, for instance), anything with cheese (but calling it queso), pseudo-healthy Asian influenced beverages and funky donuts.
We didn’t get to try the donuts, because the line was over the top. I wonder what was so special about them… anyone?!
We actually had a lot of fun walking around Williamsburg’s Sunday Flea Market. The vibes are very entertaining, there are good food options around, some cute stuff for purchase too, and it’s just one subway stop away from Manhattan. Can’t miss the views!
If you’d like to visit too, here’s all you need to know:
Goods + Food • 150 Vendors
50 Kent Ave. (btw. N. 11+12 St.)
This market reminds me a little bit of the Rod Fai Market in Bangkok which was full of hipsters too and they had similar kind of items for sale, I’m sure the food would be very different though :) I enjoyed that market quite a bit so I probably will like this too!
Oh yeah… I wish the food here was anything like in Bangkok! That would be a major plus for this market!! ;)
Zara, some 10 years ago I actually used to live in Williamsburg, but back then there was no flea market and not as many hipsters. The area just used to be really cool and run-down with lots of underground stuff happening. Williamsburg has changed a lot in recent years, but not necessary for the better if you ask my opinion… :/
Wow, nice to meet a Williamsburg ‘local’! :D
I can’t tell what came first, East London or Brooklyn. The similarities between the two have been so intermingled over the last 5 years. Nice detailed pics there.
Thanks Anna – I am glad you enjoyed the pics! :)
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That one guy’s sweater looks more like Bill Cosby than hipster… Or perhaps Bill Cosby was the original hipster?!?!?!!
Hipster logic tends to be complicated… maybe Bill Cosby did serve as hipster inspiration at some point, who knows?! ;)
Ohhh hipsters! It’s so ironic that looking uncool, is now cool. So if people are trying not to look cool, does that mean they’re cool or not? I’m so confused haha. Either way that market looks awesome!
Yeah, hispter logic is complicated and ever-changing!.. who knows what’s gonna be cool tomorrow?! ;)
Hahaha, love the photo of the ‘no photos’ sign! Did you get chased out?! ;)
Nah, they didn’t even notice!
Or maybe they thought the camera hanging around my neck was a fashion accessory, not a real camera! ;)
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Great piece, very funny. Loved the pics and captions…people watching is so much fun! (I’m a vendor at a little market in Central FL…there’s never a dull moment once the crowds start to roll through.) Looks like Williamsburg Market has the who’s who of the woebegone wanderers, veritable virtuosos, & all things hip, in between. Ha, what fun!
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