Post-Gayborhoods: Hipster Mecca Williamsburg Is A Must-See For Café Culture

Post-Gayborhoods: Hipster Mecca Williamsburg Is A Must-See For Café Culture

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Every day for the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look at a dozen of the most dynamic and interesting post-gay neighborhoods in the United States and Canada. These aren’t necessarily the biggest or the most popular — just a good sampling of especially notable ones. 

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Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York

The Abbey Bar in Williamsburg (Photo: Andrew Collins)

Few neighborhoods in the country are more hipster-identified than Williamsburg, which sits handily across the East River from Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side (two diverse, gay-popular, but more expensive neighborhoods in their own right). Much of the best café culture and shopping is centered upon the several blocks surrounding the Bedford Avenue (L Train) subway stop, especially along Berry Street and Bedford Avenue, but as the neighborhood’s rents have risen, creative sorts have moved increasingly eastward along Grand Street and across the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway toward East Williamsburg and even Bushwick.

Nightspots like the loveably dive-y Abbey Bar and Metropolitan (known for its Dragnet and Metro-Sensual parties) rank among the favorite gay hangouts in the five boroughs, while the intimate Woods Bar, which is home to a great patio, has a weekly queer party on Wednesdays.

Mast Brothers in Williamsburg (Photo: Andrew Collins)

Other good bets for a fun stroll through Williamsburg include the artisan chocolatier Mast Brothers, the small-batch coffee roaster Toby’s Estate, and the definitive weekend bruncheries Pies-n-Thighs (for decadent Southern fare) and Okonomi Japanese kitchen.

As Williamsburg’s star has risen, design-driven boutique hotels have opened, including the exclusive Wythe Hotel and the reasonably priced Hotel Le Jolie.

This article is one in a series about post-gayborhoods.

(Featured image via Guian Bolisay/Flickr)

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