The ferry is heading South!
We have explored all the stops on the South Brooklyn ferry line, but there is more than one ferry godmother to take you to the summer ball! The East River line continues up the coast to some very popular places, and it is well worth extending your journey to South Williamsburg.
The area immediately around the South Williamsburg stop is quiet and residential, but the action is not far away. Once you’ve docked, take a moment to enjoy a sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline from the lawns that grace the riverfront. Then move up Kent Street towards the Williamsburg Bridge and turn onto Broadway, a bustling street in the bridge’s shadow that gives you a sample of contemporary Williamsburg — a mix of trendy and indie, authentic and refined; even the edgy street art is commissioned from auteurs.
Immediately ahead is an giant building with a huge gilded dome: the Williamsburgh Savings Bank (175 Broadway at Driggs Avenue), a historic landmark that has become a banquet hall. Across the street is the famous Peter Luger Steak House (178 Broadway at Driggs Avenue), which, while amazing, is best saved for special occasions. Instead, turn left onto Driggs Avenue, pass under the bridge, and look right as soon as you hit S. Fourth Street. You’ve arrived at Pies ’n’ Thighs (166 S. Fourth St. at Driggs Avenue). You’re welcome. The tiny fried chicken joint is legendary among Williamsburgers, and it offers the most perfectly realized pie you could ask for. Try the biscuits and gravy with the honey butter and the spicy sauce; for dessert go for the bourbon pecan pie — with whip cream, please!
One block back towards the water brings you to Bedford Avenue, the high street of Williamsburg. A walk along this avenue will leave you swamped with choices. Want a vintage boutique? Fanaberie (339 Bedford Ave. between S. Fourth and S. Third streets) offers chic clothing and accessories. Want some entertainment? Videology (308 Bedford Ave. at S. First St.) offers film screenings and movie-inspired events every night at its 40-seat theater — including a showing of “Ghostbusters” complete with a marshmallow roast on Aug. 28. Want craft beer? Rosamunde Sausage Grill (285 Bedford Ave. between S. First and Grand streets) has 25 brews on tap, along with tasty sausages.
Just wander. It really is impossible not to find something to your taste here.
New York City Ferry at South Williamsburg (440 Kent Ave. at S. Ninth Street in Williamsburg, www.ferry.nyc). $2.75 per trip.