We are green. As a life long resident of Staten Island I have been composting for 20 years. I have 3 active compost and I collect waste from my neighbors and many of the fancy health food stores in Brooklyn! My father began commuting to work by bicycle in 1978, a tradition I have upheld since 1998. Generalizations and stereotypes don't help anyone.
So please don't resort to Staten Island bashing to make a point. It's unbecoming at best and a stale leftover of pre-Sandy New York.
Williamsburg looks great now.
I knew you were a book man. Didn't know about the cat!
Whatever, no one wants the fatties other then the brother from the hood, so the selection process sounds great. Nothing close minded about that, look around you for a change.
Kristen Iversen wrote "That's the thing with these Times Styles pieces. They all come from such a rarefied tier of privilege that all they manage to mock is the idea that anyone could be living in a way other than the one that the Times mandates as being normal."
This claim blew my ironometer. Seriously? While Henry Alford's curious omission of the *cost* of being a Williamsburg hipster might give the impression that they aren't at least as privileged as most Manhattanites, the reality is quite different. The aforementioned detachment from reality is typical of naval-gazing 20-somethings, but to claim that the occupants of this absurdly expensive little enclave aren't themselves privileged is lough-out-loud ridic.
What is more "privileged" than a Williamsburg hipster on his $1,000 Bianchi fixie, blogging on his $2,500 MacBook Pro, wearing $225 shirts from Carter & Sons, getting $40 straight-razor shaves from Barber & Supply, eating $16 cheeseburgers from Roberta's, and paying $2,000 a month for a studio? Do you really expect anyone to believe that the girl working at Molasses Books is earning enough from her job to support that lifestyle? It is _only_ the trust-funders and the techie paper millionaires who can afford that lifestyle.
I'm all for creating an alternative community, but it ain't gonna happen except in the most superficial way in a neighborhood where studios go for $2,000 a month and everything else costs many times what it would cost in say, Iowa. Or even in far-off New Jersey.
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Kristin...your GoT synopses...fabulous, and a hoot to read. Carry on!
@The Truth: Sorry, kiddo, if you think Manahatta is the living end, you haven't been here long (or perhaps you're just terribly impressionable). As a Manhattan-born expat, the island was happening about two decades ago. Brooklyn stole that thunder a while back, but I cringe at the encroaching Manhattanization going on here.
No Oscar Wilde? Really?
People, you are Funny and very, very critical! I say love it all and it is a must to work towards making every area of NY a better place, having Brooklyn being one of them! Chill with Love!
well put in your normal, excellent nomenclature Mr. Gallagher. from my own viewpoint
Shimizu, as offered here by Eclipse series offers a necessary link as you mention, from Naruse to Ozu and we are all the better beneficiaries of. the missing link we need to see to completely and understand their culture before they got eat up with occupation of building a world war machine was a collection of warm Sundays and vacationing at summer resorts. none it that much different from our own selves.
fortgreen clinton hills, is a zoo.
I actually thought the Times piece was kind-hearted and generous- he was genuinely exploring facets of a cliche, with full awareness of his uncoolness. There was nothing in the article to merit the kind of takedown you were so desperate to write: you actually completely misrepresented Alford's attitude. It's neither satirical nor is it mean-spirited (ahem). It was quite well written too. Even the comments on the article were (those I read) reasonable and interested, not in the slightest bit trollish. Do you have a chip on your shoulder about something?
@Lapin Agile: Oh snap.
You forgot to mention every old woman in every borough. They seem to be the most vocal. Why old women? I don't know but just check out the angry demographic at all these meetings.
"Unclear to me which is the worst headline." You know this is incorrect, right?
Also, a Catskills-style humor piece is an oxymoron, and wrong- "Catskills humor," does not exist: it's known as Borscht belt humor, or comedy, sometimes just jewish humor, and is spoken, not written.
I suggest that if you want to tackle criticism you learn something first. Like what it is you're trying to say? And how to say it?
And I agree with Dennis, and Samyu. You are the one who has no business writing about the trendifying/ gentrification machine you and your shoddy publication feed off of. Are you defending it, or just jealous of the real writers at the Times, who actually do know what they're talking about, even if they sound (on purpose) like stodgy Manhattanites?
I would argue that you have even less of a sense of what Brooklyn is than Henry Alford does: looking at it as you do through the incredibly tiny window of your limited intellect and even more circumscribed sense of the borough. At least the Times covers parts of Brooklyn that aren't filled with kale, beards, and spoiled children of privilege pretending to be writers.
Sarcastic article serves to further inflame critics and alienate cyclists. Instead, step-up, grit your teeth, and invite them for friendly discussions.
The veggie burger at MOB is aaaaaamazing. AMAZING. There is some crazy sauce that they told us the totally normal ingredients of and I swear to you it is inexplicable and magical.
is there supposed to be more than one photo?
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