That you don't like Whitney's albums, fine, superslick girl pop is not really the type of music I would associate with this publication. Angsty male emoting more so. Boy jazz maybe. And I agree that Whitney Houston never really reached the levels she could have with her recordings, given her talent. Try listening to some recording of her gospel music if you can, very different. I prefer Billie to Whitney myself.
But WTF. I see why people get annoyed with you as usual. You totally discount the music she made, the impact it had, b/c it seems to lack emotional depth to YOU. What is with you. The arbiters of high and low culture. And you take the comments about white male culture personally, really? Sure you must get that.
Oi, Jay, I thought things were cooler for your generation growing up--you're describing MY childhood! And I'm the generation before you. Some things seem a lot trendier there the last ten years. . .I think the disdain was genuinely (slowly) fading. I know exactly what you are talking about, though.
It has always been a great place for live music but NEVER been a good scene for current live music. . .unless it's in your own house.
Heather, I was alive at that time, I lived on 6th St in NYC, btwn B and C. I had friends moving to Williamsburg at that time and, to me, it didn't have the same druggy scary feel, it had an old world feel. It felt safe there. Not because I was cool. But tough, fuck yea! That's from growing up in Bay Ridge!
One thing that Williamsburg has never struck me as is. . .scary.
Not a test, I knew you were authentic, that's why I wondered where's the respect! Perfect, no way, especially as my house was next to the Belt Parkway. You can treasure it and have a love-hate relationship with it, but love conquers all, I guess.
I just so dislike that word hipster. I went to a college that would now be considered hipster I guess and if someone said that around me I would smack the shit out of them. So, using your journalistic influence, maybe you can try to phase that word out of Brooklyn.
Loved Record Factory, I remember Frankie. ? Spent alot of money there.
The author IS from Bay Ridge, which is what makes this article so poignant. . . why the sellout, Henry? Show some neighborhood pride, man! If you like Bay Ridge enough to keep on living there, and to also make your living writing about Brooklyn (Magazine), why bite the hand that feeds you. Your snarky comments about your own neighborhood are uncool. And I don't mean as in "hipster" uncool.
Bay Ridge has its own unique culture. But don't mistake it for no culture. Everyone I know who grew up there treasures it. No matter where they live. If you happen not to, fine. If you do, it just doesn't come through in this article.
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