Discover New York: Williamsburg & Brooklyn

In City Escapes, Holiday Reviews - The Americas, Holiday Reviews - United States of America by The H4C Team

Going on a New York romantic getaway or honeymoon with your sweetheart? Our guide to Williamsburg and Brooklyn, two of New York’s hippest and most indie locales, will help make your romantic adventure a breeze.

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Image: Rhonda Bannister

It’s another borough across the river where the rents are cheaper and the crowds are hipper and it’s becoming quite the place to stay if you don’t mind cycling or walking over the Williamsburg Bridge or catching the ferry or subway a few stops to Lower Manhattan. Streets such as Bedford Ave are lined with cafes and bars; boutiques selling clothing with street cred, vintage and pre-loved items including old vinyl records plus there’s a buzzy art scene which gives the area a cool, young and relaxed vibe.

The area has been cleansed of its previous seedy reputation as a drug warren and old warehouses have been given new life as apartments, restaurants and hotels such as the industrial chic Wythe Hotel on the Williamsburg waterfront, which was once a barrel factory.

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Image: Diner & Mel Barlow

Best suits the couple…

… who like alternative lifestyles and a feeling of being in a community – think Byron Bay in northern NSW; dining on local, artisanal foods at lively restaurants such as Diner opened in 2000 by artist-cum-restaurateur Andrew Tarlow who now has five Brooklyn restaurants; wants to chill out but still have easy access to everything Manhattan offers knowing they can spend up on what they save renting an apartment here! 

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Image: © NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer

Don’t miss…

… Artists & Fleas, an indoor weekend market at 70 North 70th Street, Williamsburg showcasing local artists and designers where you’re sure to find unique pieces of designer jewellery and clothing plus some great vintage buys. Every Sunday the Brooklyn Flea Market takes place just down the road right on the waterfront with magnificent views of Manhattan (you can take the East River Ferry from E35th Street or the subway).

Catch a live act at the Music Hall of Williamsburg; discover the surrounding, gentrified neighbourhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens with their old-world shops and stately architecture; walk around the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Bushwick with its lively galleries, performance spaces and great restaurants or wander the quiet, tree-lined streets of Park Slope and marvel at the historic brownstones which have housed so many famous, or infamous people such as gangster Al Capone.

Take the train to Coney Island or have a relaxed lunch at one of Red Hook’s seafood restaurants like the Brooklyn Crab, an open-air, three storey building which offers a view of the waterfront from its funky street level bar and views of the Statue of Liberty from its rooftop deck.

Image: The Wythe Hotel


Splurge: For picture-postcard views of Manhattan nothing beats gazing through the floor-to-ceiling windows of a Loft suite at the Wythe Hotel, waterfront at 80 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg. 

Best value: Rent an apartment from AirBnB or HomeAway for the ultimate local experience. 

Getting there…

Delta Air Lines operates daily nonstop service between Sydney and Los Angeles with convenient connections to New York all booked on one ticket. Choose BusinessElite® for the best experience with 180-degree full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access from every seat and a 15.4 inch screen with state-of-the-art entertainment system with an extensive library of movies, TV shows, music and games.


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