In 1851, its independent streak surfaced. A charter was passed, and it became the City of Williamsburgh—an urban enclave home to shipbuilders, sugar companies, breweries, and other industries.
But Williamsburgh’s time as a city didn’t last long.
By 1855, to escape financial woes, it let itself be annexed to the city of Brooklyn.
Not only did the neighborhood lose its independence, Williamsburg also lost the “h” at the end of its name.