Here are your options.
1. Live, Work & Play in Williamsburg.
If you’re like us, you aren’t planning on leaving Williamsburg all that much once the L train shuts down, minus the occasional outing to Manhattan (which we anticipate will feel even more like a getaway than it does now). That being said, there are a lot of good reasons to stay put.
Let’s call it the Live, Work, Play trifecta. You need your necessities (grocery stores, laundromats, and convenient stores), your entertainment (great restaurants, bars, and parks), and your work, which, thankfully, is becoming increasingly more synonymous with your passion.
When it comes to Williamsburg, you don’t just have one laundromat or grocery store within walking distance, you have five. So, there you go. You can check the “Live” off your list.
Next up, we’ve got play. In South Williamsburg alone, you’ve got restaurants like Loosie Rouge, Rabbithole, and Shalom Japan, tons of cute cafes, and a healthy mix of upscale and casual bars. Picture this: you can take your pup for a romantic stroll by the waterfront and cap off the day at Lucky Dog’s dog-friendly backyard. Your pup will love you even more for it.
Then there’s work. We know better than anybody that innovation runs in this neighborhood’s roots. It might seem like Brooklynites are all about the best of the best when it comes to play, but that’s because they put the work in first. Whether you’re launching or expanding your business, producing your next film, or working on your latest mural installation, make your Brooklyn experience an all-in-one. Consider joining one of Williamsburg’s top workspaces, like The Yard, which has a location just off McCarren Park and a new South Williamsburg space opening in June. Make it official between you and your business – before the L train frenzy.
Not to mention, Greenpoint, Bushwick, and other parts of the ‘Burg are all very walkable. Get your walking (or running) shoes ready!
2. Move closer to the JMZ.
Maybe you’re getting frustrated with the little guys shutting down (We miss you Peter’s Since 1969!) and the big guys opening up (think Apple, Whole Foods, and Starbucks) in the thick of North Williamsburg. Maybe it’s time for something a bit more quaint. South Williamsburg’s got the luxury of three more train lines, plus tons of extra special restaurants, bars, and parks with stunning Manhattan skyline views. Everything’s just a little more spread out and a bit quieter.
Or you could move closer to the G, which is way more useful than it’s given credit and can connect you with the 7 or E to midtown if you need to head into Manhattan. What a dream!
3. Leave town.
We hear Seattle is the top spot for professionals right now. Plus, there’s always Manhattan. (Nah.)