After residents lost the battle to stop Williamsburg’s waterfront being rezoned for high-end development in 2005, the area has been gentrifying at an incredible rate.
Although the main drag at Bedford Avenue has changed beyond all recognition, some parts of the area’s industrial past could still be seen at the beginning of 2011. Here’s some photos from a winter’s stroll around the area.
Trainers hanging from overhead power lines.
Not entirely sure what is going on here.
Around the old riverfront industrial areas north of Williamsburg, towards Greenpoint.
Water tower and derelict building.
Looking across to Manhattan.
Sunbelt Construction rentals, Williamsburg.
Paint splattered 9/11 graffiti.
Old barber’s shop, Williamsburg.
Remains of the traditional barber’s shop pole.
Altas cafe, located at the corner of Havemeyer and Grand, Williamsburg. With its bountiful free wi-fi, decent coffee and great selection of fresh bagels, paninis and cakes, this is a very popular place for students.
Leaving Brooklyn, following the little chalk faces down to Bedford Avenue subway station.