East Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Bold industrial vibe with flexible borders

In Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood, apartment blocks seem like an afterthought. Townhouses fill the spaces between the industrial lanes. Parks are steps away from scrap yards, where muscle-bound men with heavy hammers crush machines. You can easily find a place to clean your cargo truck.

This is the paradise of Laura Alvestad, who moved into a new apartment building on North Henry Street with her husband, Thomas, in September 2020.

A nurse, Mrs. Alvestad, 35, was living on the Pacific island of Guam and met Mr. Alvestad in South Korea. After they were married, they moved into his apartment on East 34th Street in Manhattan. Mrs. Alvestad, who had not settled down due to “high energy and tall buildings,” could not wait to leave.

East Williamsburg felt like a haven. Their home costs just under $1.4 million, and is 1,200 square feet with two real bedrooms and a garden. The walk to McCarren Park, on the border between North Williamsburg and Greenpoint, takes 15 minutes. The couple patronize the old fashioned restaurants, cafes, and butchers along Graham Street. (“We want to make sure our seals stay intact,” Ms. Alvestad said.) Mr. Alvestad, who works for the United Nations, boards the L.

Sure, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is a block and a half away. “I’m originally from Detroit, and I love the bold industrial vibe,” said Ms. Alvestad.

In New York, neighborhood boundaries are notorious for fluidity, and some geographers might insist that the Alvestad family truly lives in Green Point. what’s in a name? Northwest Brooklyn has always been an active block of development, where Italian, Hispanic, and Slavic communities have eroded for generations, and where young people flock and then flee once home prices become unsustainable.

Currently, East Williamsburg merges with neighborhoods that share a predominance of asphalt and street art, such as Bushwick to the south and Ridgewood, Queens, to the east. Residents view the nearby cultural and waterfront attractions in north and south Williamsburg, to the west, as rewards.

The scarcer maps define East Williamsburg as a triangle formed by Flushing Avenue to the south, Bushwick Street to the west and Metropolitan Street to the north. Google Maps places BQE on the northern boundary and extends the area to the eastern branch of Newtown Creek. About half of the total area of ​​1.4 square miles is occupied by the East Williamsburg Industrial Park. Deconstructing neighborhood demographics is a challenge due to uncertain boundaries, but the area that City-Data identifies as East Williamsburg — which includes 2.5 square miles and five ZIP codes — had a population in 2019 of 94,473, 42.3 percent of whom were white, 33.8 percent is Hispanic or Latino, 10.7 percent is black, 6.5 percent is Asian and 3.9 percent is multiracial.

Even by the narrowest definition, Roberta’s, the beloved Moore Street pizzeria and considered a Bushwick landmark, is technically located in East Williamsburg. According to Nick Tuchmanian, 39, a commercial building owner at 100 Bogart Street who rents a co-working space, once Bushwick got hot a decade ago, companies near Morgan Avenue L train station, including Morgan Avenue L train station, including It’s his own private area, happy to ramble on his back. gravity.

Last September, East Williamsburg took over its landmark in the form of a 170,000-square-foot Netflix production studio with six sound stages, on the site of a former steel mill on Johnson Street.

Those nostalgic for ’80s New York will find plenty to warm their hearts. Overhead buildings and factory walls are dotted with graffiti, and the parked trucks look like they’ve been parked in place for far too long and are marked to match the architecture behind. As in Bushwick, the streets are filled with stylish young people and tourists.

Mr. Tukmanian remembered that someone recently walked into his building to ask the person at the front desk what time the next graffiti tour would be. “I don’t know the schedule,” the host replied. “Just go left or right.”

For Juan Elias Lopera, a real estate agent in Rhome, in East Williamsburg, the area’s warehouses are a breeding ground for exhibitions, photoshoots and dance parties. Our Wicked Lady, 3 Dollar Bill and Sovereign are popular performance spaces that flaunt their industrial elegance.

The neighborhood becomes more residential as one heads north towards the 6.4-acre Cooper Park. Created in 1895 on the grounds of a glue factory owned by Peter Cooper, it includes a skateboard park, handball and tennis courts, a pollinator garden, and a playground.

Close to Devoe Street between Olive and Catherine houses renovated townhouses which are prime residential properties. The Roman Catholic Church of St. Nicholas, a red-brick edifice at the corner of Defoe and Olive, dates back to 1886, when the majority of its parishioners were Germans. (It is now largely Latin.)

“I love being in the raw space,” said Lauren Ball, 42, an artist who moved out of her Bushwick Street and Farrett Street home three months ago but still works out of her Metropolitan studio, which she rents for less than $1,000. Month. “I think all artists have this affinity for the possibility of space, and for me, that’s what East Williamsburg has offered and continues to offer.”

For three years, CNN production assistant Ingie Adham, 30, shared a three-bedroom apartment on North Henry Street with two roommates; Her monthly share is $850 plus utilities. “I’m Egyptian, and when I moved to the States, I wanted somewhere diverse,” she said. She said the mix of genders and ages “liked me”.

East Williamsburg attracts young creatives because of its relative affordability, but prices are rising there, as they are in much of Brooklyn. Mr. Lopera, the real estate agent, said the reason was an influx of remote workers and a lack of available real estate. According to Redfin, the median sales price for an East Williamsburg home in May 2020 was $1.15 million, an 8 percent year-over-year increase, based on 32 sales. (In the Redfin map of the neighborhood, the western boundary extends beyond Union Avenue to BQE)

In terms of rents, one-bedroom is currently about $2,600 to $2,800 per month on the minimum, Mr. Lopera said, and two-bedrooms typically range in price from $3,300 to $3,400 per month. But he said he expects more inventory based on increased visibility of construction sites and work permits.

Some have already arrived. The developer, Slate Property Group, described the new seven-story building at 222 Johnson Avenue, just west of Bushwick Street, as the first luxury building in East Williamsburg. It offers 116 rental units, 35 of which are for families with annual incomes between $31,680 and $159,640, depending on the family and unit size. Market-rate rentals start at about $2,850 per month for a studio and go up to more than $4,600 per month for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit. As of late June, the building was fully occupied. Martin Nussbaum, director of Slate Property Group, said his company will soon begin building a 180,000-square-foot tower at 159 Borum Street.

As of mid-June, 16 East Williamsburg properties are listed for sale on the Compass website, taking into account the limitations of Google Maps. They included a one-bedroom apartment in a seven-story building on Maspeth Street, listed for $695,000 with monthly maintenance of $1,031 and monthly taxes of $27. A two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom apartment in a four-story building on Powers Street is listed for $1.65 million, with $675 monthly maintenance and $1,275 in monthly taxes.

For now, at least, graffiti is a trademark of East Williamsburg—and is undergoing its own kind of refinement. Amid the spontaneous explosions of brains, fangs, and smiling faces—of moons, cardboard, and raccoons—there are polished, corporate-sponsored artworks like the geometric mural that transforms the facade of 154 Morgan Avenue, an industrial building.

PS 196, Ten Eyck Elementary School, enrolls approximately 290 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. In 2020 and 21, students were about 75 percent Hispanic or Latino, 18 percent black, 2 percent Asian, and 1 percent white. The pass rate of the school’s former fifth-graders in sixth-grade classes in core subjects (mathematics, English, social studies, and science) was 96 percent.

PS 147, Isaac Remsen, Brooklyn School of Environmental Engineering, enrolls approximately 300 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. In 2020 and 21, the student body was 52 percent Hispanic or Latino, 15 percent black, and 13 percent white. and 9 percent are Asian. The pass rate of former fifth graders at this school in sixth grade classes in core subjects was 93 percent.

MS 582, the Magnet School of Multimedia, Technology, and Urban Planning, enrolls approximately 350 students in grades six through eight. In the 2020-21 academic year, the student pass rate in core courses was 98 percent.

East Williamsburg Academy of Scholars, a high school, enrolls about 330 students in grades nine through twelve. In the 2020-21 school year, the student body was 64.8 percent Hispanic or Latino, 29 percent Black, 2.4 percent White, and 1.5 percent Asian; 26 percent are enrolled in at least one class for advanced placement. Of the class of 2021, 78 percent graduated within four years.

Williamsburg Charter High School enrolls approximately 980 students in grades nine through twelve. In 2020-2021, students were 61 percent Hispanic or Latino, 35 percent black and 1 percent white; 84 percent completed courses and approved exams for a college or profession. Of the class of 2021, 83 percent graduate within four years.

East Williamsburg is served by L Graham Avenue, Grand Street, Morgan Avenue, and . train stations on the western fringe, Next to Metropolitan Street / Lorimer Street stop for both G&L trains.

According to a 2012 article in “Brooklyn Based,” an online publication, the East Williamsburg name is and is not an invention of the opportunistic real estate industry. The community was not originally in Brooklyn: “The first mention of the neighborhood, then part of the Dutch settlement of Newtown, is found on maps dating to 1783 in the western part of what is now Ridgwood, Queens.”

In 1982, the developers of the East Williamsburg Industrial Park chose the name to reflect its location relative to north and south Williamsburg. The poster was not purchased until the 1990s and neighborhood boundaries expanded.

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