you have tasty tears, Brooklyn Street Corner
Ok, at least i figured out you are arguing your opinion of the importance and definition of art, and not if people are allowed to move where they aren't welcome.
Ok, I can see that your beef is mainly with the idea that the galleries in the Chelsea, Bushwick, or Williamsburg isn't real art, because it wasn't born and bred from people who have lived in the neighborhood their entire lives, and seems to leave those people out by having a sense of self importance over it's locals?
Sure, I agree there are probably 90% of the "agents" you say aren't producing anything, but they are the consumers of it, the tastemakers or the scenesters. And as a city we need this re-evaluation of art, and we need a place for us to play.
They are the people that make our television shows, pay our musicians, work on the websites we frequent and generally add to the american economy a diversity of our media and entertainment.
If after white-flight, their kids/grandkids come back, where should they have gone? Do you have a better plan for the shit load of kids graduating college in manhattan / brooklyn / etc.? Would it be better for them to go back home? Or to Bay Ridge where it's a 2 hour commute home after 2 am for more rent? Jersey?
And further, as a native I still sort of despise Williamsburg but appreciate it because it gives me what I need as a consumer of art, and an artist myself. I also really hate when someone who has only lived here for 5 years says they are "from brooklyn"
I could say the countless venues for play and entertainment are the lasting effect on Williamsburg. But i can't stand those high-rise modern condos.
Excuse me if I didn't understand something you wrote, I am trying my best :-)
don't blame poor artists transplants looking for a cheap place to live, for displacing poorer communities. blame the real estate brokers, and real estate laws and regulations.
The reason why I left Bushwick was for the inflated rent prices... it's ridiculous, 4 out of towners paying 3 times what the family next door is paying for the same space.
i have friends from staten island's north shore. There is an amazing cultural diversity there but they feel the same way about outsiders.
They don't generally welcome the gentrification of manhattanites, or even brooklyn people coming to their galleries/shows. It's been such a tight society of artists for so many years they don't want it muddied up with transplants.
I can understand this to an extent, but I don't understand why someone would live in the past and fight for something to stay the same. You can only do what you do best, because you cant fight the changing city.
This is true, Gallery 364 is great and Georgine Benvenuto is amazing and what she has done for the community is outstanding.
Perhaps one day South Brooklyn will be a destination for art not only by the long time residents but commuters, but probably only if they feel they are welcome. I think we have to wait a long time for this.
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