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The Williamsburg small business community is located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The Williamsburg neighborhood is bordered by Greenpoint to the north, Bedford–Stuyvesant to the south, Bushwick, East Williamsburg, and Ridgewood, Queens to the east, and Fort Greene and the East River to the west. Originally a 13-acre development within Bushwick Shore, a chartered town of the Dutch West India Company, the Williamsburg community rapidly expanded during the first half of the nineteenth century, and eventually seceded from Bushwick and formed its own independent city. Within two years it had a fire company, a post office and a population of over 1,000. Many industrialists from Germany built shipyards around Williamsburg. Raw material was shipped in, and finished products were sent out of factories in the neighborhood, and sugar barons built processing refineries in the original WIlliamsburg small business community, which also included shipbuilding and brewing. In 1845 the population of Williamsburgh was 11,500. In 1855, the City of Williamsburg was annexed into Brooklyn and the area achieved remarkable industrial, cultural, and economic growth, and small businesses thrived. The population was at first German, but many Jews from Manhattan came to the area when the Williamsburg Bridge was completed. When the bridge opened in 1903, it opened up the community to thousands of immigrants and second-generation Americans, and the Williamsburg community soon became the most densely populated neighborhood in New York City. Low rents were a major reason that artists first started settling in the Williamsburg area at the end of the 20th century, and today, many bohemians and hipsters still live in the neighborhood. Since the late 1990s, the Williamsburg neighborhood has undergone rapid change, characterized by a contemporary art scene, a vibrant nightlife, and a younger population. During the early 2000s, the neighborhood became a center for indie rock and electroclash. Today, numerous ethnic groups inhabit enclaves within the neighborhood, including Italians, Jews, Hispanics, Poles, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. As of the 2010 United States Census, the neighborhood had a population of 32,926. The Williamsburg small business community contains indie theater spaces, like the Brick Theater and the Charlie Pineapple Theater. There are inventive restaurants, rooftop bars and eclectic shops. In the Williamsburg small business community, flea markets and giant food bazaars with vendors and small business owners are not uncommon in the summer months, and the downtown shopping center has many craft breweries and craft coffee shops.

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