Williamsburg, as any of the thousands of articles written about the Brooklyn neighborhood over the past ten plus years will tell you, has been undergoing rapid change. Gentrification and what not. White people. Hipster jokes. Vegan artisan stuff. Other similar words that are funny. But like most things that we read, it’s a lot easier to believe it when we see it, which is why this nifty little set of images compiled by the Wall Street Journal using Google’s historical Street Maps View is fun to play with. It compares scenes from Bedford and North 7th, The Waterfront, Kellogg’s Diner, North 6th, and Grand St. taken in 2007 and in 2013, and demonstrates either an era-ending apocalypse of development, or just reminds us that cities change and buildings are sometimes built. Either one.
Check them out here.