4.0 out of 10

Harrison Ave, Williamsburg

Ranked 48th best street in Williamsburg
40.7035206464984 -73.950899101504
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5

"Pretty street in a crummy area"

It's a shame that Harrison runs through such a not yet there part of Williamsburg because it's actually a rather pretty street. It's tree-lined throughout the majority of its run. And, there are quite a few single family homes that are pretty inexpensive which is extremely rare for any part of New York City -- especially a part that's so close to Manhattan. The homes are older and lovely and even the apartment buildings are pretty, structure wise. And, did I mention that they're cheap? You can get a two bedroom condo on Harrison for $2000 / month which is next to unheard of in Williamsburg or even most of Bushwick for that matter.
But, there's a reason that everything is so cheap on this street: it's not a great part of the neighborhood. Anything around Broadway triangle is pretty much in sketch town. And, Harrison runs right through it. Broadway Triangle is predominantly public, low income housing. And, that's never great for energy or aesthetic in a neighborhood. There is somewhat of a trickle down of the hipsters, artists and students from the northern part of Williamsburg into this area. But, it's just not enough yet for Harrison to be, I guess, gentrified, for lack of a better word. It's decent enough during the day because the buildings are pretty and there is some green. But, it's scary at night and just not safe yet. And, because hardly any of the trickle down has happened in this area yet, there aren't really any bars or restaurants, etc on or near Harrison. So, you have to walk pretty far just to get to a decent market. You're close to the JMZ line on Harrison and that's a pretty good train line but that's not really enough, in my mind, to justify living out of the way of everything, including safety. I think it'll be a great street in a few years but I wouldn't live on it just yet.
  • Cheap rent
  • Pretty buildings
  • Not safe
  • No bars or restaurants around
Recommended for
  • Hipsters

"On Harrison Avenue"

There’s really not a lot going on this street, though you will find various small businesses and things to do. I wasn’t very impressed and thought that the area was generally run down, but you might find more to like on other blocks nearby. All in all, an average street in the Brooklyn.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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