3.1 out of 10

McKibben St, Williamsburg

Ranked 60th best street in Williamsburg
40.7052561687551 -73.9394331623627
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students


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


Oh, McKibben Street. I can't think of this street without thinking of the McKibben Dorms. The "dorms" are a massive two building converted factory living situation wherein you pay almost a thousand bucks a month to rent a room with shared bathrooms on every floor. That has got to be some sort of sad joke. Also, there's a housing project just east of the dorm so now you know you're in Bushwick. The funny thing is that these rooms actually rent. They go out to a lot of the youngsters, artists and hipsters that have come into Bushwick in droves over the last five or so years. And, I can't for the life of me figure out why they don't just get into groups of three and rent a three bedroom actual apartment for about the same price just up the street. Which brings me to my biggest complaint about the street: why is the rent here so high?
Yeah, it's significantly lower than Williamsburg proper, but McKibben is in Bushwick which is still a really scary neighborhood that just happens to have a lot of hipsters and hipster bars trickling in. It's kind of like the wild west out here. Cowboys and Indians are fighting for who gets the land. And, yes the cowboys are going to win because the rent is already ridiculous for this neighborhood. But, I don't think the Indians are going down without a fight and a lot of muggings. Yeah, McKibben isn't a completely awful street. And, there are a lot of things to do popping up in the neighborhood. But, it's not nearly safe enough, aesthetically pleasing enough, fun enough or close enough to Manhattan to justify the amount you pay for living in a rat den in between "artists" and criminals.
  • Some nearby bars and restaurants
  • Rent is too high for what this is
  • Sketchy at night
  • Not gentrified as much as people think
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Students

"A stopover at best"

I would only recommend this as a short term place to live or a place for someone who has no aspirations beyond keggers on the roof. Most of McKibben is warehouse space turned loft apartments for folks who don't believe in washing their hair. The loft apartments are very unfinished, my friend lived in one where the two bedrooms didn't have ceilings they were just cheap walls separating them from the kitchen. Perhaps this would be good for a single person or couple in a studio, but walking around 265 McKibben, there were typically tons of people crammed in every apartment. There is obvious tension between the loft dwellers and other Bushwick residents and it makes it very unfriendly to walk around the neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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