Bartender #4 has no name or bar....?
Looks like nyc is a bore except for all the cool people.
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i host many couchsurfers and rarely give keys or let people stay while im at work. get real Peter Geoghegan.sometimes i have time off as i am a commercial fisherman and tree cutter so i have the luxury of being able to show my guest the area, but to arrive with the attitude that your article implies, is ridiculous indeed. as a frequent host and an occasional guest i think you sound like someone i would possibly invite to keep on your merry way after the second night. couchsurfing is not a hotel, hostel, resort, or welfare program. pitch in, make conversation, food, bring drinks, ask questions, etcetera.... if you don't like where your at do some typing and find another host. doubt your old lady will be around next time as she has probably realized you are an inadequate planner as well as a whiner and a self entitled kook.
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.
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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.
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