Others were angry, a few rival neighborhoods protested, while some residents expressed genuine excitement that their 'hood had been acknowledged on the list, thereby canceling its inclusion on it. Take a look took below at what people are saying from inside the top six hippest zip codes in America, deemed so by Forbes. Eye rolls are implied, while vendettas against Brooklyn are explicit.
"In your face, Williamsburg, Silver Lake is number one. Ironic whoo!" — Curbed LA
"Shhh. If you listen carefully, you can hear a lone, enthusiastic voice shout from beneath the malaise, "In your face, Williamsburg." — Southern California Public Radio blog, The Latest
"Apparently there was no room on that list for either Echo Park or Highland Park." — Echo Park blog, The Eastsider
"Of course, when it came to illustrate Silver Lake’s hipness, Forbes used an interior shot of Rudy’s Barbershop, which is in Los Feliz." — The Eastsider
"Sadly, the Mission District was just a waxed mustache hair shy of the top spot, losing out to the SoCal mecca of hipness that is Silver Lake, Los Angeles. While LA might be stealing San Francisco's thunder here, the Mission did beat out Williamsburg, Brooklyn — the nexus of pretty much all East Coast Hipsterdom. So there's that." — SFist
"For some reason, Forbes took the time to compile a list of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods, and boom, the Mission beat out Williamsburg." — Curbed SF
"It is currently unclear whether 'Vaguely Employed Graphic Designer' counts as an occupation or whether that could have helped or hindered the Mission District in the glossy mag's contest. — SFist
"Despite the influx of hipsters and high-income sophisto professionals, Brooklyn is home to one of New York State’s poorest populations, with over one in five residents under the official poverty line, roughly 50 percent above the state average. This likely understates the problem since the cost of living in the borough is now the second-highest in the nation to Manhattan, surpassing even high-tone San Francisco. ... We need to learn not only how to hype “hip” cities, but think about how to restore them as aspirational places for those who aren’t members of the privileged and cool set." — From "The Hollow Boom Of Brooklyn: Behind Veneer of Gentrification, Life Gets Worse For Many," posted by Forbes yesterday, a real downer
"There you have it folks. The Williamsburg hipster apocalypse according to Forbes." — BrooklynVegan
Hold onto your hats! Did you know there are hipsters in Wicker Park? Whoa. Shocking! ... It's not that they're wrong. Wicker Park is all of these things. ... But there's a disconnect in Wicker Park: It's no longer affordable for the stereotype of a struggling young artist. Nice try, Forbes, but you missed the mark by a few years." — Chicagoist
"Many like to focus on the negatives (which every urban neighborhood has) and the fact that gentrification has run rampant. ... The people who live in Wicker Park are just so incredibly cool and tolerant. Try walking down Milwaukee Avenue sporting a green tutu, purple mohawk and high tops. Bet ya $100 no one even notices. Open minds and tolerance also run rampant here. ... [We] love seeing Wicker Park getting the recognition it deserves... finally. A little late? Sure. But you know the old saying... better late than never."— Wicker Park Bucktown Insider's Guide
"The Pearl, touted by real estate agents as one of Portland’s toniest residential districts, might seem to be a more likely home for ladies who lunch and their highly bred pooches than elaborately mustachioed members of indie bands." — OregonLive.com
"However, the article did note that some local hipsters are turning their backs on the Pearl and opting for less costly living on Mississippi Avenue and the Alberta Arts District." — FOX 12 Oregon
"Dave Davis, president of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, is pleased with the mention. He says that the Pearl is a cosmopolitan neighborhood home to many international residents and gets a lot of recognition from national publications. But would he characterize his ‘hood as hip? 'It reminds me of San Francisco,' he says. 'I’d say healthy more than hip. It’s a heck of a place to live. — OregonLive.com
"And now, we must ponder:
1. Hipsters — the rare ones that still exist — loathe nothing more than being called hipsters. Will this designation make them flee their neighborhood, freeing it up for less hip denizens?
2. Actual hipsters, by definition, should be so ahead of the curve that they’ve already moved beyond H Street, making this entire list outdated and meaningless, right? The number of Capitol Hill intern types in striped shirts at Little Miss Whiskey’s last time I visited, which was well over a year ago, is probably evidence enough of this. (Further evidence from afield: New York Magazine’s cover this week, which declares, “Brooklyn is Finished.”)
3. Is there a less hip sentence about being hip than, 'Politico’ hipsters flock to this D.C. hood?'"
— The Washington Post's Style Blog
They even included a cute little poll chart:
To which Gawker responded:
"Hey, Washington Post Hipness Desk staffers and editorial management all the way to The Top: Get your fucking shit together. You people are upholding a grand and proud tradition of writing about Washington DC's hipness. That's not something to be taken lightly. Such an affront as being declared only sixth-most-hip by Forbes.com demands a FULL THROATED EDITORIAL ROAR, not some half-hearted ironic handwaving and a reader poll which includes a fictional DC neighborhood called "NoMa," which clearly is not a neighborhood that exists, in Washington DC."
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