5.4 out of 10

North 12th St, Williamsburg

Ranked 29th best street in Williamsburg
40.7219859218963 -73.9569798604324
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Eating Out
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters


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

"The condo street"

North 12th is pretty much the last bastion in North Williamsburg before you get into Greenpoint territory. It's right on McCarren Park and all of the dwelling is pretty much new condos. A lot of them are rentable but they are crazy expensive even for Williamsburg prices. So, basically, you're paying a Manhattan rent to live in Brooklyn. But, on the bonus end, you'll get a new apartment with more space and even a dishwasher! Sounds funny but dishwashers are hot commodities in New York. Plus, you'll get to live right on the park which is nice especially if you have a dog. Parks are also pretty hot commodities in these parts. The unfortunate thing about a lot of these condos, if new spacious condos are your thing, is that a lot of them are the kind you have to buy not the kind you can lease. And, that doesn't sound so bad if you have the money, but buying property in a multi-family building just sounds like the dumbest thing of all time to me.
There's not much in the way of bars on 12th, but there are a couple of nearby restaurants. Urban Rustic is on North 12th and I love this place. They have fantastic sandwiches, salads, juices, etc and you can just walk across to the park for a picnic (provided it's one of the 30 nice days of the year). Enids and a couple of other great lunch spots are just up the way. You can see them from North 12th so even though they're not on the street, it's still close enough. . . but, bars . . well, there's that one turkey place and that's about it. The nice thing, though, is that most of both the Williamsburg and Greenpoint bars are within a ten minute walk so you get a lot of diversity for things to do if you're on North 12th. During the summer, you can just hop across the street for the summer kickball league and the summer movie screenings, so that's pretty cool.
North 12th is great because it's not far from the train, it's not far from a ton of bars and restaurants and it's right on the park. It's definitely quieter at night than other Willyburg streets, but I would definitely avoid that park late at night and you can't really do that on North 12th. Plus, it's impossible to live here at a decent rent price if you can even find a rental at all.
  • The park
  • New apartments
  • expensive rent
  • dead at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Quiet, but close to youth-oriented Brooklyn neighborhood"

This street is a pretty quiet one, even if it is close to all the art and music venues that Williamsburg has to offer. On the street is another doggy daycare (there seem to be a lot in the neighborhood), as it is a popular place to have a dog.

Also on North Twelfth Street is a kid’s store called Mini Jake. It offers everything you can think of for babies and tots – tricycles and strollers, etc.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

"Industrial area near water"

This street doesnt have much of anything except vendors who probably can't get on a regular traffic street because there are so many of the. This building is located near the water so you do smell fish alot. They have some abandoned buildings it seems like they are working on. I guess we would have to check back later to see some of the progress. I went to a warehouse out here that sold antique furniture. So i guess that was a good find. Im sorta wishy washy about this area.
Recommended for
  • Singles

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