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A Renter's Guide to Williamsburg, the Hood You Love to Hate

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The enchanted gentrified land of Williamsburg, home to fixed gear cheeses and artisanal bicycles, is populated mostly by regular families that no one ever talks about and also, of course, the mythical Hipster (for a more in-depth discussion of What A Hipster Is, check out every website on the internet.) In recent years (technically since the 1970s, but who's really counting), the neighborhood has become a popular destination for artists, musicians, and recent college graduates who are "looking to get into writing maybe."

Rental units: Former warehouses converted into high-rise waterfront condominiums, various low-rise apartment buildings. Relative to other neighborhoods, there aren't a ton of 1BRs and studios on the market, and many people have roommates.

Rent range: Anywhere from around $1,400 for a small 1BR to around $8,000 for a luxury 3BR in, say, The Edge

Neighborhood highlights: Williamsburg is home to many excessively hip establishments, from boutiques and vintage clothing stores to a plethora of impressive restaurants to music venues like the Brooklyn Bowl and the Knitting Factory. Basically, everything is very cool and very expensive. The neighborhood's main drag, Bedford Avenue, accessible via the newly reincarnated L train, is a good place to see many different types of tattoos and mustaches. McCarren Park represents the neighborhood's green space and contains the disastrous McCarren Pool.

Expensive parts: the waterfront, anything close to the waterfront

Less expensive parts: Bushwick

Representative listings:
A 2BR, 2BA in a 184 Kent, waterfront warehouse that was converted into luxury condos around six years ago. The building has a game room, a gym with river views, bike storage, a multi-level landscaped interior courtyard, a roofdeck, and valet parking. $4,350/month.
Another 2BR, 2BA in a weird addition on top of a former restaurant-gallery-performance space off the Bedford L stop. $4,200/month.
Much further inland, a 900-square-foot railroad apartment renovated to create two private bedrooms at either end. $2,300/month.
1,800-square-foot 3BR loft with exposed brick and wood beams. $5,300/month.