How a Day Trip Turned into a New Home in Williamsburg
BY JENNIFER JOHNSEN
In October of 2011, my family and I set out for what was supposed to be a day trip to Williamsburg. We had recently relocated from Seattle to New York City and a friend told us that we should explore the land of hipsters and Smorgasburg. We were game for trying something new, but did not expect to be so pleasantly surprised by what we discovered.
At Smorgasburg, there was so much to eat that we had to limit ourselves to one item in order to visit almost every food stand. We walked it off with a few hours of wandering around town visiting one music store after another – my 17-year-old son is a talented guitar player – and playing in McCarren Park. Soon, we found ourselves hungry again and stopped into Rosarito’s Fish Shack on Wythe Avenue and North 7th Street for dinner. We ended up sitting at the bar, where we chatted with our server/bartender, Pablo, all about Williamsburg.
Pablo and my two kids took an interest in one another almost immediately. I have two teenagers and while my son is a musician, my 15-year-old daughter is an incredible artist. My son and Pablo got into a conversation about the music scene in Williamsburg and my son lit up like a light bulb when he realized how many musical opportunities are available here. Meanwhile, my daughter was just completely charmed by Pablo and the Williamsburg scene overall. I’m not sure if it was Rosarito’s delicious strawberry water, the effects of the best jalapeño margarita I have ever had, or just having someone be so warm and welcoming to us, but we found ourselves feeling completely at home here.