East Williamsburg office space comprises the eastern part of the Williamsburg neighborhood in the northwestern part of Brooklyn, New York City. Some refer to parts of nearby neighborhoods Greenpoint and Bushwick as “East Williamsburg”; others don’t use the name at all and consider East Williamsburg part of Williamsburg.
Because East Williamsburg is full of industrial spaces, warehouses, art galleries, and music venues, it’s a popular gathering place for artists and creatives. Onthegrid.city calls East Williamsburg “part gritty industrial area and part rising creative quarter.” Brooklyn Steel, Sunnyvale, The Well, Brooklyn Zoo NY, and Our Wicked Lady all lie within the neighborhood. “Walking around East Williamsburg feels like traversing the light side of the moon…but with more kombucha,” an Outpost blogger quips.
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Businesses that buy or rent office space in East Williamsburg will find themselves in the company of Vice Media (also leasing in DUMBO), Livestream, Wanderlust, Farm to People, GREATS sneakers, Falcon.io, BlockApps, and GrowthWheel. For the past two decades, creative minds and college grads have flocked to Williamsburg, sustaining a young and talented hiring pool. Williamsburg is known for its easy commute to Manhattan, numerous social activities, and carefree community. In East Williamsburg alone, you can visit more than 300 restaurants and nearly 200 bars. Be sure to stop by Roberta’s pizza, One Stop, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Guadalupe Inn, and Norwind’s.
Together with nearby Greenpoint, Williamsburg employs just under 79.5 thousand people. The biggest industries are elementary and secondary schools; food services; and advertising and public relations services. The industries in which workers make the most money include finance; nondepository credit and related activities; and legal services. The most common occupations in the area are managers, designers, and administrative assistants. Cryptocurrency company ConsenSys and 3D printing technology company Voodoo Manufacturing both operate in East Williamsburg.
Williamsburg was a popular location for condiment and household product manufacturers, and many of these buildings have been re-purposed for both residential and commercial purposes. One example is the Domino Sugar Refinery. Two Trees Management, which owns most commercial real estate in DUMBO, is leading a city-approved plan to convert Domino Sugar’s three buildings into a neighborhood hub, with creative office space alongside residential, retail, and community facilities.
Brooklyn has a steadily growing population and features the highest density of young adults in the city, making the borough especially appealing to firms looking to hire young, talented employees. Brooklyn also offers plenty of work/life balance amenities, including a more bike-friendly and car-friendly landscape, and lower housing costs compared to Manhattan.
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East Williamsburg is considered part of the Williamsburg office market. As of Q3 of 2019, Williamsburg housed more than 900,000 square feet of office space, with one million more under construction or renovation. Plenty of options are available, considering the vacancy rate in Williamsburg is higher than 21 percent. On average, those seeking office space in East Williamsburg can expect to find Class A office space that costs just over $66.50 per square foot to lease. Class B office space in East Williamsburg leases for an average of just under $51 per square foot. Williamsburg’s overall average office space rental rate of $66.50 per square foot is somewhat greater than the Brooklyn/Long Island City rental average of just over $52.25 per square foot.
East Williamsburg is an arrowhead-shaped piece of land that is bounded by Metropolitan Avenue to the north, Flushing Avenue to the southeast, and Bushwick Avenue to the west. Greenpoint lies north of East Williamsburg; Bushwick lies to the south and southeast; Maspeth and Ridgewood of Queens lie to the east; and Williamsburg lies to the west.
Getting around: Transportation
East Williamsburg is one of the best-located neighborhoods in the bureau because it’s centrally located, walkable, and has excellent public transportation.
Williamsburg, which has a walk score 96, is served by 25 car shares, 13 bus lines, and 2 East River Ferry stops. The abundance of parks and playgrounds, as well as easy access to the waterfront, encourages walkers, bikers, and skaters—so does the incredible difficulty of finding an empty parking space. There are bike lanes on Bedford Avenue and a handful of Citi Bike stations. In particular, East Williamsburg often has very little foot traffic, so don’t expect a delay because of crowds if you decide to walk. Also, expect an easy, 30-minute commute to Manhattan when necessary.
The subway is the best way to get around East Williamsburg. Available stops in the neighborhood include Grand Street, Montrose Avenue, and Morgan Avenue; the L train (BMT Canarsie Line) serves all three. Also nearby is the Flushing Avenue stop, served by trains J, M, and G.
East Williamsburg also has several bus lines. Take the B24 bus on Kingsland Avenue or Meeker Avenue; the B57 on Flushing Avenue; the B60 on Johnson Avenue or Morgan Avenue; the Q54 on Metropolitan Avenue; or the Q59 on Grand Avenue.
The average commuting time to work in Williamsburg is 32.3 minutes. Get to Grand Central in 32 minutes by train (or 18 minutes by car); to Union Square in 23 minutes by train (or 17 minutes by car); or to Wall Street in 30 minutes by train (or 17 minutes by car).
Those who need to fly nationally or internationally can use LaGuardia Airport, which is only about seven miles away from Williamsburg.
Top commercial real estate listings in East Williamsburg
Ready to secure office space in this quirky neighborhood? Our real estate brokers are ready to help you find East Williamsburg office space to meet and exceed your business needs. Start by reading about 361 Stagg Street, 315 Meserole Street, and 23 Meadow Street, all highly recommended office buildings in East Williamsburg.
– 361 Stagg Street: Built in 1930, 361 Stagg Street is a four-story office building in East Williamsburg equipped with industrial windows, high ceilings, and a recently renovated lobby. The property spans 79,352 and has a Walk Score of 93. Currently, five units ranging from 1,118 to 10,000 square feet in size are open and available to new renters. Contact SquareFoot to inquire regarding pricing, tours, and other information. Get here using the L train. Try the nearby El Cortez, The Anchored Inn, or Danny’s Pizzeria for lunch.
– 315 Meserole Street: 315 Meserole Street, also called “The Breeze,” is a brand new (completed in 2019) warehouse-turned-office development a few blocks away from the Montrose L station. This three-story building features 100,000 square feet of office and retail space, along with a rooftop bar and an open terrace. Senior project manager Chris Tepper said of the structure, “We’ve designed the Breeze in the heart of North Brooklyn’s most dynamic area, to include Class-A building infrastructure in a renovated historic structure to meet those needs. With high ceilings, lots of light, and an exciting rooftop venue just upstairs, the Breeze will be one of the top office and retail destinations for companies that are increasingly drawn to the convenience and culture of North Brooklyn.” Right now, 33 units in The Breeze are open and available to new renters. Office space sizes range from 1,000 to 26,850 square feet. Contact SquareFoot to get more information about pricing or to schedule a tour.
– 23 Meadow Street: Built in 1960, 23 Meadow Street is an office building in East Williamsburg close to the Grand Street and Morgan Avenue subway stops, which are served by the L train. Contact us to learn more about the three units available in the building, which are 1,600, 1,800, and 3,200 square feet in size. The building is close to several cafes—such as Dumpling Cafe and Jessie’s Bakery—and a few diners and restaurants.
East Williamsburg City history
The Lenape Native Americans first inhabited the area now called Williamsburg. In 1638, the Dutch West India Company bought the land from them and later established the Town of Boswijck. The English version of the name became Bushwick. Its close proximity to the shore allowed local farmers to easily sell goods via ferry across the East River to those in New York City. Richard M. Woodhull, a real estate speculator, eventually gave the neighborhood its name when he named some farmland “Williamsburgh” after Colonel Jonathan Williams, his land surveyor.
In 1840, the Town of Williamsburgh left Bushwick and became its own entity. Also around that time, most of the area now called East Williamsburg was designated as the Third District of the Village of Williamsburg. The Third District has also been called “Dutchtown,” “Irish Town,” and “The Green.” Williamsburg experienced its first bout of rapid expansion in the first half of the 19th century, briefly becoming its own city in 1852 before becoming incorporated into Brooklyn in 1855. Williamsburg continued to experience industrial, cultural, and economic growth, with population growth following in fast pursuit. At the beginning of the 20th century, Williamsburg was the most densely populated neighborhood in New York City. The modern classic novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was set in Williamsburg during this time.
Around 2005, apartment rental prices went down, attracting artists to the Williamsburg and East Williamsburg areas. Though the neighborhood is still a popular haven for creative types, the cost of living has gone up considerably. In particular, the North Side is expensive because it’s close to the BMT Canarsie and IND Crosstown Lines. As a result, some of the artists have moved to neighboring areas such as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, or Red Hook.
Sources disagree regarding when exactly people started calling East Williamsburg by its modern name. Brooklyn Based writer Julie Strickland notes that “the commonly held belief is that the moniker was part of common parlance by the 1990s.” East Williamsburg Industrial Business Zone executive director Michael Rochford claims that he and Henry von Dam created the name East Williamsburg. “We needed to distinguish between South Williamsburg, Southside, Central Williamsburg, and the Northside,” Rochford said. “I never heard it used before then because up until the 1980s, it was considered Bushwick.”
Currently, the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID), which operates in Brooklyn’s Community District 1 in East Williamsburg, is working to attract more commercial tenants, make strategic capital investments, and keep the neighborhood clean. “The area is also at a crossroads,” according to a Pratt Institute report. “Both commercial and residential tenants are facing rising rents . . . identifying equitable solutions that also strengthen Grand Street BID and the individual businesses and property owners that it represents is a complex task, but one that the Pratt Institute’s Fall 2017 Fundamentals of Planning Studio has attempted to do in this report.”