East Williamsburg

The past weekend my friend Laura and I stayed at a hostel in East Williamsburg. I was impressed by the cleanliness and hipness of the relatively affordable New York Loft Hostel . But the location on the outskirts of Williamsburg, Brooklyn proved to be problematic. We might have felt less negative about it if the L train was working, as the L is the nearest subway stop to travel into Manhattan, or anywhere, really. (The L train seems to an unreliable way to travel, hence the need for this site: http://istheltrainfucked.com/)

Entrance to New York Loft Hostel in East Williamsburg

Accordingly a lot of time was spent trying to figure out how to get where. At least we had an extremely fun night out in Williamsburg – a place I’m getting pretty fond of. A community of artists, musicians and hipsters in general, the area houses a dense population of cool boutique shops, restaurants and bars. And it’s not too pricy either.

I enjoyed East Williamsburg also. It’s a bit more rough around the edges than central Williamsburg. A street with industrial buildings might look deserted (and slightly dodgy) during certain times of day, but at night it teems with Williamsburg hipsters. It took me a while to realize that the seemingly abandoned industrial buildings actually housed studio loft apartments.

Looks a bit dodgy, right?

The local grocer stores an amazing selection of fresh health food

The local coffee shop

A trailer with a vintage shop even popped up during the weekend. Everything inside $10! I found a great suede skirt. What a steal.

Vintage pop-up shop in a trailer!

Very vintage. Loved it.

The lovely vintage shop lady

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