With hotels, Airbnbs, and gifty boutiques popping up all over Williamsburg to serve an influx of out-of-towners, one has to wonder: how many people strolling Bedford Avenue at a given time are locals, and how many are tourists? To answer that question, we posted up outside of the Bedford station and polled over 300 passersby. Our findings: 1 in 3 people we spoke to were from outside of New York City (about half of those visitors were Europeans), while just 1 in 4 of them actually lived in Williamsburg. As one of Williamsburg’s many French tourists might say: “Mon dieu!”
McCarren Hotel and Pool
Nur Khan, the Lower East Sider and “nightlife impresario” who was creative director at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar and (briefly) Don Hill’s, has taken his cache to Williamsburg, presiding over the re-designed rooftop bar at the McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly the King & Grove).