Profile for Williamsburg, New York, NY
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Williamsburg is a neighborhood of Brooklyn
The community was named for Col. Jonathan Williams, surveyor.
Elevation is 13 feet.
The neighborhood is on the East River
Bounded by 7th Avenue, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Queens county line, Flushing Avenue and the East River.
Former and merged names include:
Construction of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903 brought rapid growth.
Pfizer pharmaceuticals company was one of the many industries that developed along the waterfront.
The neighborhood has become increasingly popular among young people seeking affordable housing close to Manhattan.
City officials approved a plan in May 2005 for redevelopment of industrial areas along the East River as a residential area.
Filming location for:
· 2007 movie, "Descent"
Setting for Betty Smith's novel, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
Well-known residents have included:
· Alan King, comedian, actor
· Robert Merrill, singer
· Mel Brooks, comedian, actor, producer
· Barry Manilow, singer, composer
· Barbra Streisand, singer, actress
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gimme Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Puerto Rican State Parade and Festival - July 8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Williamsburg web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Historic sites and museums: Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
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