New York City, New York, USA - April 28, 2013:  Street corner scene from Brooklyn, New York City with subway entrance, payphone and people visible.  This image was photographed in Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Across the East River from the Duane Street Hotel lies one of New York City’s most treasured jewels—Williamsburg. Full of a different kind of charm than Lower Manhattan, this Brooklyn neighborhood is laid back, with a booming indie arts scene, and one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline you’ll find. Grab a complimentary bike from the concierge and pedal across the bridge to the BK side. Here are a few spots you don’t want to miss.

North 5th Street Pier Park

Make this your first stop in the ‘Burg. Recently renovated and sparklingly clean, it offers the perfect view of Manhattan’s skyline—with the Empire State Building, 1 World Trade Center and the Chrysler Building all in sight.

North 5th Street Pier Park. Brooklyn, NY.


Brooklyn is known for its artisan coffee shops, and Sweatshop is the standard. Minimally designed with white brick walls, intricate succulents and local art, it’s the perfect place to grab some avocado toast and a flat white to start your day.

Sweatshop. 232 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (917) 960-7232

Beacon’s Closet

Williamsburg is home to arguably the best vintage scene in the world, and Beacon’s Closet is part of the reason why. Opened in 1997, what started as a small thrifty boutique is now a 5,500 square-foot mega-shop. Clothes, shoes and accessories from all eras of fashion line the sprawling floor plan at the recently renovated location near the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Beacon’s Closet. 74 Guernsey St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 486-0816

Brooklyn Bowl

One of the neighborhood’s most iconic venues, Brooklyn Bowl mixes bowling, music, food and drink to great effect. Enjoy fried chicken, disco fries and oyster po’ boys from Blue Ribbon restaurant while you bowl a few rounds over live music by local cover bands.

Brooklyn Bowl. 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 963-3369

Berry Park

When in Williamsburg, you’ll want to take advantage of the plentiful rooftop bars, and Berry Park is one of the best. Tall brick walls and dangling lights create an industrial-chic atmosphere at this German beer garden. Wash down a bratwurst with one of their draft lagers, while Manhattan’s skyline shines in the distance.

Berry Park. 4 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 782-2829