For those who rode the L train a few years back, you were more likely than not to go to the 14th Street, Broadway Junction or Eighth Avenue stops. Most skipped the Grand, Bedford or Morgan stations because, for the young or edgy, there was little there to do or see.

For the most part there was only a trickle of passengers coming out of these stations, many of whom were the elderly inhabitants that had always been a part of the neighborhood and its landscape.

But now, as you ride the L through Brooklyn, there are masses getting out at these stops, and many of them are young folks or young families. Why are people stopping at these Williamsburg stops all of a sudden?

This once invisible part of Brooklyn is now making noise and ringing bells like the city’s more notable neighbors, Bed-Stuy, Fort Greene, Harlem and Soho.

Williamsburg can be broken up into two main parts: East Williamsburg, inspired by the urbanized Black and Latino-dominated hip-hop culture, and the North Side, which is under the “hipster influence.” Most AmNews readers are, of course, familiar with hip-hop culture, but may be a bit less familiar with the hipsters, who like to see themselves as art-savvy and are twenty- and thirty-somethings-often white-who sport vintage outfits usually acquired at thrift stores. This is opposed to the modern styles sported by people of color seen more on the east side.

At East Williamsburg’s epicenter are Grand Street and Graham Avenue, “The Avenue of “Puerto Rico,” the shopping strips of Williamsburg. There, one can find anything from clothing inspired by hip-hop culture to piraguas, a classic Puerto Rican icy consisting of shaved ice and flavored syrups.

A must-have if you’ve never tried it is creme flavor. For those of you not too confident with your Spanish, just say “the brown one.” However, the syrup is not the only thing filled with flavor. The whole avenue is filled with the lively spirit of a tropical island, from salsa music blasting on the street corners to the minister filling the air with repetitions of “Vaya con dios” and “Dios te bendiga.” The avenue also doubles as a hotspot for sporadic festivals, parades and markets.

As this AmNews reporter walked down a street in the neighborhood recently, a Williamsburg local shared, “There’s a certain essence about Graham [Street] that makes it stand out in Williamsburg. Memories can be made on that street to last a lifetime…You can find almost anything there. If you need something to eat, there’s a few restaurants and Danny’s Pizzeria. If you need clothes at usually reasonable prices, there are numerous outlets. Graham has always been like the global bazaar of Williamsburg.”

Traveling down Graham, you are bound to cross Grand Street. This particular street shines at night, lighting up with blinking signs attempting to attract more patrons to their bar than the next.

As you make your way from the east side to the north, you will pass the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE). Be sure not to miss the graffiti murals and colorful displays of astounding art that make wandering through Williamsburg a spectacle all its own.

Under the expressway is one of the hottest skate spots in Brooklyn. One skater, Johnathan, who travels there from Queens just to skate these spots, said “[The BQE] is a do- it-yourself spot built by people who have the burn for a new spot.”

Just two blocks past is a relatively new skate park, and adjacent to that is McCarren Park, which acts as a spot for both subcultures to merge and interact with one another. On Wednesdays you can see B-boys from both sides of the spectrum, hipsters and hip-hop heads, top rocking and holding ciphers, showing off their skills. On weekends, you can sit on the grass and watch full-fledged soccer games or enjoy a family picnic. For the athletes, there is a track and activities ranging from basketball to bocce.

Often referred to as Greenpoint, though the border is so blurred it is often all encompassed under Williamsburg, the main strip here is Bedford Avenue, which is full of creativity and artists. This area has its own shopping district, consisting of mostly thrift stores. These stores have lots of cool, unique clothing for those who wish to look good without breaking the bank. Also located on the avenue, between North Fourth and Fifth streets is the Bedford mini-mall, which has bookstores whose shelves hold genres ranging from Shakespeare to the history of graffiti. Other stores there sell odd-looking knickknacks and toys created by notorious graffiti artists.

If this all sounds too socially clustered, too urbane for you, you can visit the Williamsburg waterfront. Head down North 11th as you approach Kent Street, and you’ll again find yourself near another haven for skaters called KCDC. This store sells all of the skater brands you can think of and even has its own half-pipe inside.

Not a skater? No worries-the merchandise is for all and you can still enjoy watching anyone shredding the pipe from the sidelines. After window shopping at KCDC and maybe even meeting one of your favorite skaters, get back to your walk to the waterfront.

This site is the perfect place to get away from society and the hustle and bustle of modern city life. Take a date there to enjoy the weather and the amazing view. In the background is the iconic Manhattan skyline, and you might stumble upon a free outdoor movie or concert. The waterfront has welcomed big names such as Kid Cudi, Nas, Damien Marley and Weezer. If loud music isn’t your scene, you can travel over the East River via ferry along the outskirts of Williamsburg.

Relatively close by is the Williamsburg Bridge. It serves the people as a mode of transportation, a way to exercise and a sanctum for street art. The view is amazing and the walk is peaceful, serving as the perfect embodiment of Williamsburg itself. Williamsburg is a neighborhood full of art and diversity. It can inspire anyone, from the common person to aspiring artists, and definitely deserves the throngs of people now rushing off the train to its many wonders.