4.7 out of 10

Marcy Ave, Williamsburg

Ranked 40th best street in Williamsburg
40.7055547143612 -73.9564647011817
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters


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

"Eh, it's almost there but needs a few more years"

Marcy Ave is a pretty big street in south Williamsburg, and I keep on thinking that it's going to get really popular .. . but, it still hasn't. There are some great apartments on this street. And, the rent is much cheaper than a lot of other streets in Williamsburg. And, if you live on the street close to Broadway then you're just a hop skip and jump away from great bars and restaurants (Moto is my favorite -- it is lovely). But, the street, itself, doesn't have much to do on it in the way of fun. And, it is pretty shoddy looking in some parts, well, in a lot of parts. And, the street is close to a train. The JMZ actually has a stop on Marcy so getting into Manhattan isn't difficult at all. The only bummer about this stop is that it's an outdoor station, so waiting during the winter isn't ideal.
It's not a terrible street to live on, as long as you keep to the north side of it, but it's not great either. The cheap rent is lovely and there is close transport. But, it's still really sketchy at night on most of the street. And, the trickle down of youngsters and hipsters hasn't quite hit yet south of Broadway so there isn't a ton to do. I suppose I may be more likely to live here than go into 'Bushwick if I needed cheap rent, but it would be a hard sell.
  • Cheap rent
  • Not terribly far from bars and restaurants
  • Not a ton going on
  • Sketchy at night
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

"Dirty, and a Little Dark"

Located on the L line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Marcy ave doesn’t offer much more than inexpensive living, relatively close to Manhattan. The streets here are not very well cleaned, and the location is not too ideal for families or people looking to settle down. Williamsburg is mostly a hipster area, but even this part of it is not so appealing. The biggest asset is a huge Walgreens, literally down the block, but even this is not open after midnight. Marcy ave is close to the L line and the M line into Queens. However, the L is undergoing construction and sometimes does not run as smoothly.

"Less Crowded Than Other Avenues"

This is the cross street to where I live. Marcy is a bit quieter than all the other big Bed-Stuy Avenues. For some reason it was never built up commercially as much as its neighbors. It provides the other border for Tompkins Park. Usually during the summer there’s a permanent ice cream truck parked there. More apartment are being built on Marcy by the Myrtle-Willoughby stop on the G, so more people will be moving in soon. A quick road to drive on too.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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