• Along Bedford Avenue

    Using Bedford Avenue as a sample, we study the diversity of Williamsburg. We noted where there are substantial changes in culture along the avenue and, on this basis, divided Bedford Avenue into five segments within Williamsburg.

  • Gentrification

    Gentrification has changed Williamsburg drastically. Over the course of a few years, various small businesses, stores, and condominiums have opened, and with them has come a new people and culture. On this page, we examine the socioeconomic and cultural effects of gentrification on Williamsburg, and how this culture fits into Williamsburg’s traditional culture through interviews, …

  • Family Growth in Williamsburg

    Family Growth in Williamsburg is a project focusing on the demographic shifts in the “hipster” Williamsburg area. The main focus of the project is to identify the characteristics of the current population and whether or not the area is actually developing into a family-based community.

  • Fashion

    One of the small business sectors present in Williamsburg is the fashion or apparel industry. Two very unique cultures that drive this industry are the Hasidic Jews and New York Hipsters. Although the Hasidic Jews foster a more modest, traditional approach to the clothing they wear they nevertheless manage to coexist with the Hipsters in Williamsburg who follow constantly changing modern trends. Through the fashion exhibited by each group one can quickly notice that these two groups share many cultural differences.

  • Reclusions

    One of our goals in Williamsburg was to research the interactions between the different communities that reside there. We will observe the ways the communities live together in Williamsburg. Our main goal is to discover how Williamsburg is known to be the location where many different types of people live.

  • Food and Culture

    Our group is exploring the restaurants and foods in the Bedford Avenue section of Williamsburg. We hope to discover the relationship between gentrification and restaurants through the use of ethnographic research. We believe that our restaurant expeditions would give us further insight to Williamsburg’s culture and development as a neighborhood. Click Here For the Introduction …

  • Technology in Hasidic Small Businesses

    Our group focused on the Jewish community to see whether or not it has infused modern technologies and trends with that of their own. We looked into businesses in the Hasidic community that stood out in terms of its ability to adapt to modern technologies and ideals. We interviewed many of these store owners and …

  • Small Businesses

    Williamsburg consists of four major enclaves: Hasidic, Latino, Italian, and Polish.  We have determined, through interviews and ethnographic research, that different social and economic factors have led to the development of each of these enclaves and we have presented our research by section. Hasidic Latino Italian Polish Conclusion Before you begin viewing this section of …