Great Places in Williamsburg

Great Places in Williamsburg

Check out Brooklyn's hippest neighborhood, which has evolved from its industrial roots into a thriving cultural center with edgy entertainment. Here are three hot spots to get you started.

The bar at Nitehawk Cinema.

Dark Dining
When Matt Viragh set out to combine dinner and a movie under one roof, he had to lobby New York State’s governor to overturn a Prohibition-era law banning the sale of alcohol in movie theaters before Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave., btw Berry St. and Wythe Ave., 718.384.3980) could provide cocktails with its screenings. The theater now serves up movie-inspired meals and drinks in front of the big screen, which regularly rotates cult classics, indie flicks from local filmmakers and seasonally selected favorites. Get there early to enjoy a beer at the bar and browse Nitehawk’s vintage VHS tapes.

Stacking rings from Catbird.

Ringmaster
If you’re hoping to add some charm to your jewelry collection, look no further than Catbird (219 Bedford Ave., btw N. Fourth and N. Fifth sts., 718.599.3457), which brands itself as “the Brooklyn mecca for all things sparkly and exciting.” The shop offers a line of signature stacking rings, engagement rings and wedding bands and everyday jewelry with dainty designs of horseshoes, stars, letters and, of course, cats and birds. Catbird curates its selection from New York-based designers and also sells quality gifts, such as calendars, candles and body products.

World

Quirky Collection
With hundreds of Statuettes of Liberty, a burlesque-themed closet and boxes of New York World’s Fair memorabilia, City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., 718.782.4842, $5 admission) considers itself more of a “cabinet of curiosities” than a museum. What started as a basement window display has grown into a volunteer-run civic organization, complete with block parties and exhibitions of New York stuff collected by members of the community.

BONUS: Hit the lanes at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave., at N. 12th St., 718.963.3369), which spruces up the standard 10-pin game with bands, DJs, snacks and drinks.