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9 Unusual Things To Do in Williamsburg

One World Trade Center looms on the horizon in this street scene from Williamsburg
One World Trade Center looms on the horizon in this street scene from Williamsburg | © Paul T Forrest / Alamy Stock Photo
This list of the most unusual things to do in Williamsburg will show you a different side of Brooklyn’s most happening neighborhood.

Do karaoke in a couple’s apartment

Lion’s Roar Karaoke Lounge is quite literally a lounge. Husband-and-wife duo Roberto Williams and Zaida Soler Williams open up their disco-lit apartment to host rowdy groups every evening until the small hours. Bring your own booze and food and make yourself at home, but don’t take a shower in the apartment’s bathroom. “It should go without saying, but we had somebody do that once,” the Williamses say.
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Go bowling in a dive bar

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Tucked down a quiet stretch of North 14th Street is a classic New York dive bar – dark, loud and smelling faintly of spilled beer – that doubles as a bowling alley. Put your name down early at The Gutter (there are eight lanes, and they’re very popular). Then grab a craft brew and some food from nearby Vinnie’s Pizza (they deliver) while you wait for your turn.
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Hop on a creepy trolley tour

Madame Morbid's Trolley Tours in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.
Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours highlight the darker side of Brooklyn | © Karen Jerzyk
It’s hard to miss the black Victorian trolley chugging down Bedford Avenue five nights a week. Madame Morbid’s tours expose a darker side of Brooklyn, traversing some of the borough’s oldest neighborhoods and uncovering chilling tales of murder, crime and hauntings. If possible, book during a full moon for themed snacks (moon pies), accessories (werewolf fangs) and uninhibited pack howling.
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Watch a rebel gospel band

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Vince Anderson at Union Pool, Brooklyn, New York.
People dance the night away with Reverend Vince Anderson at Union Pool | © Mindy Tucker
Monday evenings aren’t normally the most sociable night of the week, but you should make an exception for Reverend Vince Anderson and his Love Band. The ordained minister, who dropped out of Union Theological Seminary to pursue music, has his own unique brand of somewhat irreverent gospel that’s earned him a devoted following that’s willing to hit the dance floor at Union Pool from 10pm until late on a school night.
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Take a workshop or class

Space Ninety 8, Brooklyn, New York.
Space Ninety 8 in Brooklyn is part of Urban Outfitters | © Heidi Lee
There’s a huge multi-story Urban Outfitters concept store in Williamsburg, and it regularly hosts interesting lifestyle classes and workshops with local companies and personalities. Past events have included CBD yoga, “floral savagery” arrangement tutorials, adaptogen happy hours, piercing sessions and panels on how to manage your money better. Check the Facebook page to see what’s coming up next.
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People participate in the Freakebana Workshop with FDK Florals © Heidi Lee
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These recommendations were updated on June 28, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.