I’ve lived here since 2000, maybe 2001. Who knows, who really pays attention.
I wouldn’t say I was here before the hipsterism began, but I was here before it was so ubiquitous. When it was still a novelty, not just pro forma. At its beginning, it felt a little more indie. Now it just feels commercialized like anything else, with its requisite Kickstarter devotees and idiot styles that could easily be made for scale by the Gap or whatever.
At any rate, the question you sometimes hear(seriously, I know the daughter of a senator who has moved to Williamsburg. So, yes, it’s still edgy as fuck) is “Wow, you must’ve seen a lot of changes.” I must’ve, but it’s not like those changes are chronicled consciously or unconciously in my mind. It’s more like one day you look up and realize where there used to be a coke den is now a condo full of people who work in finance who do just as much coke but will never be prosecuted for it.
The one difference that does always strike me, however, is pretty easy to recognize. When you get out of the Bedford Avenue L train, you can either take the exiting staircase to the left, which goes south towards Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, maybe a little of Bushwick, all of which used to be iffy. If you go north, above 7th you’re going towards Greenpoint, which has always been safe.
Up until I’d say 3 years ago, the line to get out of the subway on the northside exit to go to Greenpoint always was packed. I’d get out on the south side just for efficiency’s sake, because I mean, who was going to go South. But now, holy shit, there’s just a line of white people waiting to go South. They all have a look to them, a look that says “Struggling artist for living costs except for rent, that is heavily subsidized by my Dad in Ohio.”
So, the biggest change I see is that the exit to the Bedford Avenue subway is now shorter going to Greenpoint than it is to South Williamsburg, which is fucking crazy to me and I’m sure infuriating to everyone being priced out by a false economy of the children of the rich.
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And Alexander Lobanov (1924-2003) lived in an underground that was kept under lock and key. Deaf and mute, he spent his life in a Russian psychiatric hospital producing meticulous colored drawings, many of them self-portraits in which he posed with Stalin, Lenin and an arsenal of guns.
— ‘Ostalgia,’ at New Museum, Focuses on Soviet Bloc - Review - NYTimes.com
I used to think he was funny. Somehow it’s only now that I realized he’s sad.
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