About Us

Welcome to HipWilliamsburg.com (formerly CrashBrooklyn.com). 

On this site, we share with you our favorite edgy spots, both old and new, that inspire us to love Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Bushwick. This area has remained hip and elastically vital, even in the face of development booms, soaring rents, and changing demographics. This curated look at North Brooklyn reflects a taste for stand-out aesthetics, authenticity, vintage charm, futurism, cultural diversity, high-brow, low-brow, and exceptional yumminess—all set to a soaring indie soundtrack. These are just starting points, and we’d love to hear your favorite places. Cheers!

Vanessa Ray, Editor HipWilliamsburgVanessa Ray – Owner, Editor, and Writer
After many years designing magazines, Vanessa switched gears to focus on travel writing—deciding that the most exciting places to cover were right in her adopted home of Williamsburg. When she’s not scouting for a new burrito place or punk rock show, she indulges her taste for horror movies, crossword puzzles, and tequila.


Laura Trevino PhotographerLaura Trevino – Contributing Photographer 
Laura is a photographer and entrepreneur. Her portfolio website showcases her wide range of work, spanning from street photography and simple portraiture to fashion lookbooks. Her style is inspired by the glamour of old Hollywood and strong female icons like Marlene Dietrich and Audrey Hepburn. She is also a board member of the American Photographic Artists (APA) in New York City and for Life Preservers Inc., a charity organization that raises awareness of human trafficking through funds and the arts. Her photography has been published in Spin Magazine and MSNBC – The Grio. Laura has a strong love for Williamsburg, and lives in nearby Bushwick.


Contact us about advertising or contributing to the site. Use the email: vanessa@hipwilliamsburg.com