6.0 out of 10

Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side

Ranked 14th best street in Lower East Side
40.7159917484578 -73.9796429064837
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5

"The cool kids bridge"

The Williamsburg Bridge was the second out of three bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan. It is one of two suspension bridges in all of New York City but it definitely has more charm than the other one (the Manhattan). It went up in 1903 and is responsible for the massive Jewish population in Williamsburg. It allowed cheaper housing with access to all of the temples that were very prevalent in the Lower East Side in the early 20th century. Now it allows access for the hipsters in Williamsburg to get to the other hipsters in LES with only a few fights between them and the Orthodox population on the way over. Very convenient.
It doesn't have the aesthetic of the Brooklyn Bridge but I love the Willburg bridge. I have walked many times over this bridge on nicer days when I lived in Willyburg and didn't feel like taking the train. It's kind of a scary walk because the bikers really shoot down and I always feel like I'm going to get taken out. But, I love it all the same.
There's not really much to say about the bridge other than the fact that it's a bridge. And, it connects the two hippest kid neighborhoods in New York. The JMZ train runs on the bridge and even though it was out of my way, I would often take this line into the city because it was such a peaceful view. But, a view of the skyline is always better than a view of a tunnel. I like this bridge. I would never want to live within a block of it on either side, but I wouldn't want to live right by any bridge so it's no affront the Willy.
  • Door to door for hipsters
  • Easy walk
  • Not the prettiest
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students

"A spectacular way to Manhattan or Brooklyn"

Less famous than the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge offers a nice walk or bike ride into the Lower East Side (from Brooklyn to Manhattan) or Williamsburg (from Manhattan to Brooklyn). There is a great view of the other two bridges from here, and you can see midtown Manhattan’s skyline and the lights of Queens at night. It also has a more urban and less touristic atmosphere. It is worth to climb on it at least once.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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