Is Crown Heights the ‘new Williamsburg’?


Now that we know the where to find the Williamsburg of other cities, where is Brooklyn’s new Williamsburg? Some say Bushwick. Some say Bed-Stuy. Others say Ridgewood. Curbed went to Crown Heights to talk to some of the locals there, some of whom claim that Crown Heights is actually the new Williamsburg.


  1. Phillipe Bojorquez says:

    Instead of bringing the conversation about how one borough is the new-whatever borough, we should be talking about how a neighborhood is creating its own change-identity through longstanding traditions and development/gentrification. If we keep allowing the cookie cutter expansion sameness, we will see content fatigue, backlash, and stagnation. The homogenizing of Brooklyn is a shame as there are so many interesting unique things about each borough.

  2. I expect better things from free williamsburg than “is X the new williamsburg”?




  3. Billy Bushwood says:

    Hate to break it to the press, but there won’t be a central new Williamsburg in NYC until a large area in or close to Manhattan has many affordable spaces. Much of Brooklyn within reasonable distance of Manhattan is pricey now. So, the people who would have lived in Williamsburg (10+ years ago) or Bushwick (2+ years ago) are instead just finding affordable spaces wherever the hell they can find them as close to Manhattan or Williamsburg as they can. This means like-minded people from a similar economic position are more scattered around now. This is why a new location is deemed the next Williamsburg/Bushwick every month. A Williamsburg-esque restaurant/cafe/bar/store opens in a new place, or someone noticed there were a handful of indie-esque looking people at a stop they weren’t seen at before or developer(s) want to make money off of a new area and start marketing it as such.

    If you want to live in the equivalent of Williamsburg during its heyday again (a central affordable cool area in a city), you’re going to have to look outside of NYC for awhile.

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