Williamsburg was a small farming community in the early 19th century. A thriving neighborhood quickly grew around the docks. The Williamsburg Bridge, completed in 1903, permitted immigrant residents to easily commute to jobs in Manhattan.
In recent years the neighborhood has been rediscovered. The Northside abounds with art galleries, bars and boutiques. The Southside is an ethnic gumbo of Latino, Hasidic and Italian influences.