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East Williamsburg, Brooklyn: A ‘Gritty, Industrial Vibe,’ With Pliable Borders

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In Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg district, residential areas feel like a retrofit. Townhouses fill the space between the industrial corridors. The park is just off the scrap yard where a muscularly tied man with a sledgehammer shatters appliances. You can easily find a place to wash your cargo truck.

This is a paradise for Laura Alfstad, who moved to a new condo on North Henry Street with her husband Thomas in September 2020.

Alfstad, a 35-year-old nurse practitioner, lives on the Pacific island of Guam and met Alfstad in South Korea. After they got married, they moved to his apartment on East 34th Street in Manhattan. Alfstad, who was worried about “high-energy and skyscrapers,” couldn’t wait to leave.

East Williamsburg felt like a sanctuary. Their home is just under $ 1.4 million, 1,200 square feet, with two real bedrooms and one garden. McCarren Park on the border of North Williamsburg and Green Point is a 15-minute walk away. The couple patronizes restaurants, coffee shops and old-fashioned butchers along Graham Avenue. (“I want to ensure the soundness of the stamping ground,” Alfstad said.) Alfstad, who works for the United Nations, commute on the L train.

Indeed, the Brooklyn-Queens Highway roars a block and a half away. “I’m originally from Detroit, and I like the gritty, industrial atmosphere,” Alfstad said.

In New York, the borders of the neighborhood are famous for their elasticity, and some geographers may claim that Alfstad actually lives in Green Point. What is your name? Northwest Brooklyn has long been a pulsating mass of development, eroding generations of Italian, Hispanic, and slab communities, and swarming young people to flee as soon as home prices become unsustainable.

Today, East Williamsburg blends into areas that share the dominance of street art with asphalt, such as Bushwick in the south and Ridgewood in Queens in the east. Residents consider cultural and waterfront attractions near Williamsburg in the north and south to the west as a bonus.

The most ridiculous map defines East Williamsburg as a triangle formed by Flushing Avenue in the south, Bushwick Avenue in the west, and Metropolitan Avenue in the north. Google Maps places BQE on the northern border and extends the district to the easternmost branch of New Town Creek. About half of the total area of ​​1.4 square miles is occupied by the East Williamsburg Industrial Complex.Given the uncertain boundaries, it is difficult to break down the demographics of the neighborhood, but the website City data East Williamsburg (including 2.5 square miles and 5 zip codes) has a population of 94,473 in 2019, of which 42.3% are white, 33.8% are Hispanic or Latin, 10.7% are black, and 6.5% are Asian. 3.9% as multi-ethnic.

Roberta’s, the beloved pizzeria on Moore Street, which, by its narrowest definition, is considered a Bushwick landmark, is technically located in East Williamsburg. According to Nick Tukumanian, 39, owner of a commercial building on 100 Bogart Street that rents a coworking space, when Bushwick got hot 10 years ago, companies near Morgan Avenue L Station, including himself. I was happy to piggyback. charm.

Last September, East Williamsburg received its own landmark in the form of a 170,000-square-foot Netflix production studio with six sound stages on the grounds of a former steel mill on Johnson Avenue.

People who miss New York in the 1980s will find a lot to warm their hearts. The walls of the loft building and factory are filled with graffiti, and the parked truck appears to be idle on the spot for some time and tagged with the architecture behind it. Like Bushwick, the streets are full of stylish young people and tourists.

Tukumanian recalled that someone recently stopped by his building and asked the front desk guy about the time for his next graffiti tour. “I don’t know the schedule,” the attendant replied. “Just go left or right.”

For ROHM realtor Juan Elias Lopera in East Williamsburg, the area’s warehouses are a happy breeding ground for galleries, photography and dance parties. Our evil ladies, $ 3 Bill and Sovereign, are popular performance spaces that show off their industrial chic.

Heading north towards the 6.4-acre Cooper Park, the neighborhood becomes more residential. Created in 1895 on the land of a glue factory owned by Peter Cooper, it has a skateboard park, handball courts, tennis courts, pollen yard and playground.

The nearby Debow Street block between Olive and Catherine contains a refurbished townhouse, a prestigious residential real estate. The red brick building on the corner of Devaud and Olive dates back to 1886, when the congregation was overwhelmingly German. (Currently, it is mainly Latin.)

“I like being around the living space,” said Laurenball, 42, an artist who moved from his home on Bushwick Avenue and Barrett Street three months ago, but still works in a metropolitan studio. ) Said. Moon. “I think every artist has this affinity for the possibilities of the universe, and for me it’s what East Williamsburg continues to offer.”

CNN’s production assistant, Engy Adham, 30, has shared a three-bedroom apartment on North Henry Street with two roommates for three years. Her monthly share is $ 850 and utilities. “I’m an Egyptian, and when I moved to America, I wanted a variety of places,” she said. The combination of race and age is “attractive to me,” she said.

East Williamsburg attracts young creatives at relatively affordable prices, but like many parts of Brooklyn, prices are skyrocketing. The reason, according to realtor Lopera, is the influx of workers in remote areas and the lack of available properties. According to Redfin, East Williamsburg homes averaged $ 1.15 million in May 2020, up 8% year-over-year based on 32 sales. (On a map near Redfin, the western border extends past Union Avenue to BQE)

In terms of rent, according to Lopera, one-bedroom prices are currently low-end and range from about $ 2,600 to $ 2,800 per month, while two-bedroom prices typically range from about $ 3,300 to $ 3,400 per month. But he said he expects more inventories to come in, based on increased visibility of construction sites and work permits.

Some of them have already arrived. The new seven-story building on 222 Johnson Avenue, just west of Bushwick Avenue, has been described by developer Slate Property Group as the first luxury building in East Williamsburg. We offer 116 rental units, 35 of which are allocated to families with an annual income of $ 31,680 to $ 159,640, depending on the size of the household and the unit. Market price rents start at around $ 2,850 per month for studios and peak at over $ 4,600 per month for two-bedroom and two-bathroom units. As of late June, the building was full. Martin Nussbaum, Principal of the Slate Property Group, said his company will soon begin construction on a 180,000-square-foot tower on 159 Boerum Street.

As of mid-June, 16 properties in East Williamsburg were put up for sale on the Compass website, adopting Google Maps boundaries. They include a one-bedroom condominium in a seven-story building on Maspes Avenue, listed for $ 695,000 with $ 1,031 monthly maintenance and $ 27 monthly tax. The two-bedroom, 2.5-bath condominium in a four-story building on Powers Street was listed for $ 1.65 million with a monthly tax of $ 675 and $ 1,275.

At least for now, Graffiti is a brand of East Williamsburg and is subject to its own kind of gentrification. Sophisticated company-sponsored art, such as geometric murals transforming the façade of the manufacturing building 154 Morgan Avenue in a spontaneous eruption of the brain, fangs, and smiley faces (moon, toon, raccoon). There is a work.

PS196 at Ten-Ake Elementary School enrolls approximately 290 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. By 2020-21, students were approximately 75% Hispanic or Latin, 18% black, 2% Asian, and 1% white. The pass rate for former 5th grade students in 6th grade classes in core subjects (math, English, social studies, science) was 96%.

PS 147, Isaac Remsen, Brooklyn School of Environmental Engineering, enrolls approximately 300 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. In 2020-21, 52% of students were Hispanic or Latino, 15% were black, and 13% were white. And 9 percent are Asian. The passing rate for the 6th grade class of the core subjects of the former 5th grade of this school was 93%.

MS 582, a magnet school for multimedia, technology and urban planning, enrolls approximately 350 students in grades 6-8. In the 2020-21 academic year, the pass rate for core course students was 98%.

The high school East Williamsburg Scholars Academy enrolls approximately 330 students from grades 9-12. In the 2020-21 school year, 64.8% of the students were Hispanic or Latin, 29% were black, 2.4% were white, and 1.5% were Asian. 26 percent enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement class. In the 2021 class, 78% graduated within 4 years.

Williamsburg Charter High School enrolls approximately 980 students in grades 9-12. In 2020-21, 61% of students were Hispanic or Latino, 35% were black, and 1% were white. 84% have completed preparatory courses and exams for approved colleges or careers. In the 2021 class, 83% graduated within 4 years.

East Williamsburg has L-Train Graham Avenue, Grand Street, and Morgan Avenue stations. To the west fringe, Stop at G and L trains on Metropolitan Avenue / Lorimer Street.

According to a 2012 article, “Brooklyn baseThe name of the online publication, East Williamsburg, is an invention of the opportunistic real estate industry, and it is not. The community wasn’t originally in Brooklyn either. “The first mention of this area, which was part of a new town settlement in the Netherlands at the time, can be found on the 1783 map of what is now west of Ridgewood, Queens.”

In 1982, the developers of the East Williamsburg Industrial Complex chose the name to clarify their relative location between North Williamsburg and South Williamsburg. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the label was purchased and the boundaries of the neighborhood expanded.

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