Williamsburg, Brooklyn has an enticing reputation – that of a funky artist enclave. So, on a morning whim, i decided to check it out!
During the last twenty years, Williamsburg has become home to a new set of “immigrants.” In the Northside, artists discovered the low rents and large light-filled lofts of former factories, joining already established Italian and Polish immigrants. Galleries, restaurants and shops opened, catering to these new residents.
Looking forward to what i might discover, i set off on the train, aiming only for the suburb. Not the best idea as i popped up on a main intersection – that seemed like the middle of no where… Instead of funky galleries and quirky cafes…. there were advertisements for beer… in spanish…
i knew when the buildings became funkier and the graffiti more ‘refined’ that i was getting close!
With it’s tree lined streets
and proximity to the water, it’s no wonder that both general interest in the area and real estate prices are soaring. Long-abandoned factories are being converted to expensive condominiums and apartments.
and i also spotted many examples of the “hipsters’ the term (sometimes derogative) used to describe the trendy locals. Urban Dictionary describes hipsters as
” a subculture of men and women typically in their 20’s and 30’s that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. With a certain bohemian life situation and lifestyle, he or she rejects “mainstream” culture and embraces and contributes to independent culture, and prides him/herself on this. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the “culturally-ignorant” attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs.
Essentially -one who possesses tastes, social attitudes, and opinions deemed cool by the cool. (Note: it is not cool to use the word ‘cool’). Whilst i know im not ‘cool’ as i don’t even know the correct word for ‘cool’ i still enjoyed my surroundings