Williamsburg is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City bordered by Greenpoint to the north; Bedford–Stuyvesant to the south; Bushwick and East Williamsburg to the east; and the East River to the west. As of the 2020 United States Census, the neighborhood’s population is 151,308. Since the late 1990s, Williamsburg has undergone significant gentrification characterized by a contemporary art scene, hipster culture, and vibrant nightlife that has projected its image internationally as a “Little Berlin.”
During the early 2000s, the neighborhood became a center for indie rock and electroclash. Numerous ethnic groups inhabit enclaves within the neighborhood area, including Italians, Jews, Hispanics, Poles, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. Williamsburg is part of Brooklyn Community District 1, and its primary ZIP Codes are 11211 and 11206. It is patrolled by the 90th and 94th Precincts of the New York City Police Department. Politically, it is represented by the New York City Council’s 33rd District, which represents the western and southern parts of the neighborhood, and the 34th District, which means the eastern part region. It was an independent city until 1855, when Brooklyn annexed it; at that time, the spelling was changed from Williamsburgh (with an “h”) to Williamsburg.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has landmarked several structures in Williamsburg. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has landmarked several designs in Williamsburg. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has landmarked several structures facilities in Williamsburg. The Kings County Savings Institution, chartered in 1860, built the Kings County Savings Bank building at Bedford Avenue and Broadway. The structure, an example of French Second Empire architecture, has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1980 and was made a New York City landmark in 1966. The Williamsburg Houses were designated a city landmark on June 24, 2003. The 23.3-acre (94,000 m2) site, consisting of twenty 4-story buildings, was designed by William Lescaze and was the first large-scale public housing in Brooklyn. It was completed in 1938 and is operated by the New York City Housing Authority. Top Brooklyn Electrician
The subdivisions within Williamsburg vary widely. “South Williamsburg” refers to the area today occupied mainly by the Yiddish-speaking Hasidim (predominantly Satmar Hasidim) and a considerable Puerto Rican population. North of this area (with Division Street or Broadway serving as a dividing line) is an area known as “Los Sures,” occupied by Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. To the north of that is the “North Side,” traditionally Polish and Italian. East Williamsburg is home to many industrial spaces and forms the predominantly Italian American, African American, and Hispanic areas between Williamsburg and Bushwick.
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