Photos by Paul Frangipane
Where Bedford Avenue meets Broadway, the “Mona Lisa of Williamsburg” stands four stories high in front of the Williamsburg Bridge. The mural started as a photograph by Steven Paul, then a High School senior from Brooklyn who won a contest for his photo. Colossal Media created the image into the mural in partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists.
The original landmarked Williamsburgh Savings Bank building built in 1875.
The Williamsburg waterfront was historically home to light industry and warehouses, including the Domino Sugar Refinery. The refinery has since closed and is being redeveloped into office space.
As part of the Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment, Domino Park opened in June, transforming the once industrial space into a six-acre greenery on the side of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Known for arts like iron making, Williamsburg is filled with old warehouses like the landmarked Hecla Iron Works building, which now houses commercial space with the newly-opened Marcy & Myrtle coffee shop stationed in the lobby.
Shaina Schochet, 23, co-owns Marcy & Myrtle with her father Jeff Schochet. The two ended up in the Hecla Iron Works building after getting into the coffee business on a whim in neighboring Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Northside buildings are lined with mural advertisements, paying tribute to the neighborhood’s artistic side.
A mural on the side of John D. Wells School in the Los Sures part of Williamsburg. Los Sures, a name for Williamsburg’s Southside, came to be after Latin American immigrants came to the area in the 1960s.
The streets of Los Sures are filled with residents playing Dominoes, cards and other tabletop games.
Jewish residents of the Lower East Side flocked to Williamsburg after the completion of the Williamsburg Bridge, eventually welcoming in immigrants fleeing Nazism that settled in Southside and formed Hasidic synagogues and schools.
Lee Avenue is the Hasidic section of Williamsburg’s busiest commercial street.
Williamsburg’s northern stretch of Bedford Avenue became a popular spot for increased amounts of hipster residents frequenting the many new shops, restaurants and sidewalk sales.
The northern part of Bedford Avenue is often lined with sidewalk sales.
Peter sits on the stoop of his $900 a month rent-stabilized apartment off Bedford Avenue’s northern stretch. The 93-year-old man came to Williamsburg from Poland in 1960, contributing to the area’s large Polish population. Retired from working as a doorman in Manhattan, Peter enjoys the peacefulness of the neighborhood where “no one bothers anyone.”