7 Blocks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

7 Blocks

February 17, 2012 1:58:54 PM PST
When people step out into the northern neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Bedford Avenue, they step into a place where old timers and hipsters live side by side. Here, owning a bicycle is often the preferred form of transportation, even when looking to catch a ride on the subway.

"They tie their backs and they get the train at 6 o'clock," said Santos Concepcion, a resident. "When you come, you see all the bikes gone. You just saving money."

Four blocks north of the stop is the beautiful Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. It is one of the only examples of its kind of Byzantine revival architecture in N.Y. Built in 1922, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Four blocks west of the stop is East River State Park, a seven-acre waterfront park with stunning views of Manhattan.

"I am really excited about it," said resident Maria Benvenuto. "I have a dog. He loves any green opportunity he gets to run around."

The park includes a newly built soccer park, which is important because soccer is very popular in the neighborhood.

Seven blocks north of the stop is McCarren Park; it also attracts soccer players young and old.

However, it is what is coming across the street that has people talking. The city is building a $50 million dollar pool slated to open this summer, and the city may also build an ice skating rink there for the winter.

"We are excited to have a pool nearby," said resident Jeremy Mosely.

Family fun, historic buildings, a bustling mom-and-pop restaurant and clothing center can all be found within seven blocks of the Bedford Avenue stop in Brooklyn.