The jeans are getting even skinnier and smaller in Williamsburg—and that’s not just on dudes in bands. The neighborhood that was known for being a hipster hangout is slowly becoming a family destination, thanks to the recent influx of settling families, and is great for even the littlest kiddos. Now your little ones can chill with other cool kids in Brooklyn’s hipster central neighborhood, where places to hang, shop and dine are aplenty.
Stop by the City Reliquary, a funky jewel box of a museum featuring New York City artifacts. Not just late night shows, The Knitting Factory hosts sing-a-longs for early rising little rockers too. The neighborhood, known for skateboarders and rad graffiti, does have its share of green space too. McCarren Park with a new pool, playgrounds and ball fields is a perfect picnic spot. And local kids can be found swinging and climbing at the William Sheridan playground.
The kids will be fascinated by the old-fashioned train car-turned-restaurant, and you’ll love the creative daily menu at Diner. Described as the “Latin sloppy Joe” savory arepas, rice and beans and plantains are just some of the kid-approved dishes at Caracas Arepa Bar. Roll a few frames and snack on friend chicken, mac ‘n cheese and French bread pizzas from Blue Ribbon at the indoor playground that is Brooklyn Bowl. On Saturdays, sample tasty treats from over 100 vendors at Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea’s happening outdoor food market.
Pick up one-of-a-kind clothing and lovely keepsake toys at Sweet William. Outfit the modern baby with mod furniture, strollers and creative toys at Mini Jake. Thrifty parents find the best gently used gear and furniture at Flying Squirrel, and pick up artisanal provisions, kitchen gear and more while your little chefs keep busy in the kiddie play kitchen at The Brooklyn Kitchen.
Get there: Subway via the L, bus or by water taxi at North 6th Street.
The zone: Flushing Ave. to North 14th St./Nassau Ave./McGuinness Blvd./Meeker Ave., Bushwick Ave. to Kent Ave.
— Laura House