Williamsburg may be a punch line for numerous hipster jokes, but there's no denying how popular it is. And who can blame the hordes, given the genuinely artsy vibe, amazing views though there's more development coming to the waterfront and proximity to the city? Gentrification has left its mark here, mostly in the form of new construction condos and upscale boîtes and boutiques, ironic considering the area once was a haven for artists who'd escaped here from fancified Manhattan neighborhoods. (In an odd twist, Galapagos, a premier art space, recently announced that it's moving to Dumbo, of all places, because it "simply can't afford to remain in Williamsburg.") Now apartments are commanding Manhattan prices, anti-development locals are seething, and Williamsburg converts keep on a-coming. See for yourself what's luring them at this weekend's open houses, listed after the jump.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
138 Broadway Ave., nr. Driggs Ave., Apt. 4F
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
130 Jackson St., nr. Manhattan Ave., Apt. 1D
Sunday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Two-Bedroom20 Bayard St., Apt. 14B, nr. Union Ave.
Sunday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
20 Broadway, near Kent Ave., Apt. 501
Sunday, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
26 Monitor St., nr. Herbert St.
Sunday, 1 p.m.&8211;3 p.m.
63 Engert Ave. nr. Eckford St.
Sunday, Noon–2 p.m.
4 N. 5th St., nr. Kent Ave., Apt. TNHSE A
Saturday, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
440 Kent Ave., nr. S. 9th St., Apt.22B