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