Welcome to Williamsburg: Bars blast your favorite indie hits and are filled with people who are cooler than you, thrift stores burst with all the vintage t-shirts you could ever want, there are vegetarian and vegan options galore, and of course ATMs every 20 feet so you can spend fistfuls of money on the bars, vintage shirts, and vegan cuisine. Williamsburg is essentially an amusement park for hipsters. And as a vegetarian who frequents bars and thrift stores, I wish I could afford to live here.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a millionaire to appreciate the design in Williamsburg. The Neighborhood is lined with art-conscious shops and food joints, and even if you can’t fork over the cash for that ironic t-shirt to top off your collection and tuck into your high-waisted shorts, you can still enjoy the signage and the displays and of course the street art.
This neck of the city presents the same accidentally-cool-on-purpose image as its inhabitants. As I have never felt hip enough to walk the streets of Williamsburg on any of my visits, I vowed this time would be different. So I threw all of my clothes into a box and chose five items at random to wear. Properly armored, I perused the streets and came across some really wonderful and whimsical artwork.