From Grit to Hip: A Virtual Walk Through Williamsburg


Join Untapped NY's Chief Experience Officer, Justin Rivers, as we go on a virtual tour that examines the industrial, artistic, gritty, and hip layers of Williamsburg's northside.

Williamsburg, today, is known as a high-end “Real estate development with water views.” That’s exactly how a reputable NY blogger described the post-2006 rezoned neighborhood word- for-word. But before that it was the neighborhood that spawned the hipster which before that was a haven for counterculture artists looking for cheap rents which BEFORE THAT, was a major immigrant enclave which BEFORE THAT was a melting pot Mecca of American industry and capitalism which BEFORE THAT… in the very beginning… was a high-end “real estate development with water views.” Who says you can’t go home again? 

This virtual presentation has been adapted from an in-person tour Untapped NY initially developed in partnership with the Wythe Hotel in 2017. 

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All photographs by Sofia Andrade A. Cirino