Williamsburg

Art, Williamsburg

Jen Lewin, Reflect at Domino Park, Brooklyn, March 2021. Drone footage by Demian Neufeld, Ryders Alley Media, and Matt Emmi. Edited by Joshua Pullar. Artwork (c) 2021 Jen Lewin

Months after Domino Park painted circles on the lawn to keep park-goers socially distanced, a different type of ring has appeared at the waterfront Williamsburg green space. The park last week unveiled Reflect, an interactive sculpture designed by artist Jen Lewin made up of three concentric rings that react to the steps of visitors. Each jump, skip, and dance on the circular platforms triggers a new flash of light, with many people able to engage with the display at once.

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Restaurants, Williamsburg

All photos courtesy of Peter Luger

As New York City restaurants expand their indoor dining capacity to 35 percent on Friday, beloved Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger hopes to make the experience a unique one. Celebrity wax figures will fill the empty seats of its Williamsburg dining room, as part of a partnership with Madame Tussauds New York.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photo credit: Melanie Greene

While the interiors at this three-bedroom South Williamsburg condo are eye-catching on their own, it’s the four outdoor spaces that really set the home apart. Located at The Smith Grey at 138 Broadway, the three-level apartment has two terraces, a balcony, and a huge roof terrace complete with an outdoor sauna. It’s currently on the market asking $2,695,000.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

Right across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg is the modern condominium 20 Bayard Street, notable for the fact that every unit has gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows. This three-bedroom apartment on the 10th floor is one that has a full-wall, curved window with views of the skyline, as well as a rear balcony. Add to that the abundance of plants and subtle bohemian vibe, and the 1,312-square-foot home is a serene escape, currently listed for $1,779,000.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photo credit: MW Studio

Remember the kids’ show Blue’s Clues from the late ’90s/early 2000s? Well, host Steve Burns has been living right here in Williamsburg since then, creating one of the most unique homes in the entire city, where he’s been busy making music. The former garage and woodshop at 19 Powers Street was transformed into a contemporary-meets-rustic abode, complete with a private parking garage, a magical courtyard, and two rooftop terraces. The two-bedroom home is now on the market for $3,350,000.

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Cool Listings, Williamsburg

Photo credit: Shannon Dupre/DDReps, courtesy of The Corcoran Group

This uber-modern townhouse at 107 South 4th Street looks nothing like any of its Williamsburg neighbors, with its honeycomb and concrete facade. And inside, the surprises keep coming. The layout was designed as an “upside-down house” so that the kitchen and main living spaces could take advantage of the East River and skyline views, and all throughout, you’ll find “fine-art, high-design, and Mid-Century modern pedigree,” as the listing puts it. The four-bedroom house is on the market for $6,500,000.

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Restaurants, Williamsburg

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One of the thousands of small businesses struggling to make ends meet in New York City’s pandemic world is Williamsburg’s Kellogg’s Diner, which has been in business since the 1940s. The 24-hour restaurant at the corner of Metropolitan and Union Avenues says it’s in danger of closing if the city doesn’t increase its indoor dining capacity from 25 to 50 percent. Referring to the fact that restaurants in the rest of the state are able to operate at half capacity, owner Irene Siderakis told Pix 11, “Why is it fair for them and not for us? I don’t understand. I don’t get it.”

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Museums, Williamsburg

Photo via The City Reliquary

The City Reliquary is a strange place. It’s completely cluttered and full of oddities like the bones of a subway rat and schist cores, as well as local memorabilia like the original 2nd Avenue Deli sign and vintage seltzer bottles. But that what makes it so special and so New York. The small-but-mighty Williamsburg museum has been closed during the entire pandemic, as they’re completely staffed by volunteers. And in order to reopen, they need to be able to pay their rent and show their financial stability. The Reliquary is asking New Yorkers to help them meet this goal so they can avoid closing their doors for good in November.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Williamsburg

Photo by Korye Logan on Flickr

Applications are now being accepted for 35 mixed-income apartments at a new apartment building in East Williamsburg. Located at 222 Johnson Avenue, the seven-story rental is located just one block from the L train and is surrounded by some of Brooklyn’s best restaurants and entertainment venues. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 60, 125, 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, ranging from $924/month studios to $2,876/month two-bedrooms.

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Policy, Williamsburg

Renderings courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office and NY State Parks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday dedicated Brooklyn’s East River State Park to Black transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, making it the first state park in New York named after an LGBTQ person and transgender woman of color. Located on the Williamsburg waterfront and known for hosting popular outdoor market Smorgasburg, the park will feature a new colorful public art installation honoring Johnson, who played a significant role in the Stonewall Uprising and was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front. The dedication comes on what would have been Johnson’s 75th birthday.

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