This page has been archived for historical purposes. For current content, visit us at www.freewilliamsburg.com

« Girls in New York | Main | Hey Ladies! (A Little Beauty Tip) »

Williamsburgers Not All Trustafarians

New York has written a researched rebuttal to the Times' piece Parents Pulling the Plug on Williamsburg Trust-Funders. Turns out we're not all trust-funders.... a fact that I'm all too well aware of:

The median income for the area in the last twelve months was $39,663, well below the city median of $48,631. In 2007, 38.3 percent of residents in the 11211 Zip Code were below the poverty level [...]

Local soup kitchens and food pantries are overwhelmed. “We’re serving 200 people a week,” says Ann Kansfield, pastor at the Greenpoint Reform Church and the head of the Greenpoint Interfaith Food Team, which serves both Greenpoint and Williamsburg. “Where are these trust-funders? I want them to give us money!”

There’s probably a reason the trustafarians are so elusive: In the last twelve months only about 2.9 percent of Williamsburg households made over $200,000 annually. The reality of Williamsburg, beyond the mythical trust-funders, is that it is a community of people mostly struggling to get by, with a few wealthy residents grabbing headlines — the way New York has always been.

Comments

LOL. Do you think they pay taxes on the $ they receive from their parents?

If they don't make any $, doesn't mean they don't have cash flowing, again, directly from parents.

The comment about this article having failed logic is correct, however I agree with the idea being presented by the article. Trust fund kids are a complete anomaly. In my four years living in this area I have yet to meet one. Those who have money are usually involved in Media Production. I believe, with time, enough positive contributions will be made by the brilliant youth of New York City, that these petty stereotypes will be of less importance.

agree with above and further what do those kids even need to make/spend to maintain their fauxhemian lives. i've met 30 year olds out there with part time jobs as bus boys and bar backs that have iphones and mac book airs. they make just enought to cover their $500 bucks a month share of the rent and bills and all the rest goes to booze, cigarettes, food, and american apparel. all their adult concerns are still floated by by mommy and daddy. god forbid little jimmy doesn't have insurance or a data plan.

"New York(s)" rebuttal is using failed logic. Trustfunders are funded by their parents therefore their reportable income (ie the stat that they use) will be minimal to none. As the NYT article reports these are people who can't even work a full 8 hour shift. If anything trustfunders bring an areas reportable income level down as they are depending on their parents income not their own.
At the same time I have no doubt that food and soup pantries are hurting due to lack of city funded resources and less money being donated by private donors on top of an increasing unemployment rate.
As a low paid civil servant I understand the defensiveness but keep in mind they are reporting on a obnoxious part of the burg that the times caters to. They did an article on the trustfunders parents a while back talking about the struggles of Greenwich and having to by $20 bottles of wine.

Post a comment

Verification (needed to reduce spam): Can't read the above words? Click the circular arrows for a new anti-spam test.

FREEdubya on Twitter FREEdubya on Hype Machine
FREEdubya on Facebook Subscribe to FREEdubya
Williamsburg Waterfront Concerts
Happy Hours and Events

W-Burg Guides







Archives


June 2010May 2010April 2010March 2010February 2010January 2010December 2009November 2009October 2009September 2009August 2009July 2009June 2009May 2009April 2009March 2009February 2009January 2009December 2008November 2008October 2008September 2008August 2008July 2008June 2008May 2008April 2008March 2008February 2008January 2008December 2007November 2007October 2007September 2007August 2007July 2007June 2007May 2007April 2007March 2007February 2007January 2007December 2006November 2006October 2006September 2006August 2006July 2006June 2006May 2006April 2006March 2006February 2006January 2006December 2005November 2005October 2005September 2005August 2005July 2005June 2005May 2005April 2005March 2005February 2005January 2005December 2004November 2004October 2004September 2004August 2004July 2004June 2004Nov. 1998 - May 2004


Hype Machine Music Widget MP3 Blogs


Our Books


Williamsburg & Brooklyn Links


New York and Williamsburg Apartment Listings


Music


Peeps We Like



Interviews



CONTACT US:
mail | at | freewilliamsburg.com

Advertise With Us

MASTHEAD:

Founding Editor:
Robert Lanham

Senior Editor:
Brian Ries

Senior Music Editor:
Nicole Wasilewicz

Foreign Correspondent:
Lisa Baldini

Senior Food/Bars Editor:
Fiona Goldstein

Senior Film Editor:
Dave Thomas

Senior Photo Editor:
Clarissa Roudabush

Writers:
Elizabeth Brady
Janice Chou
Lauren Mooney
Andrew Ritchie
Erica Sackin
Jackie Snow
Colin Steers
Lauren Taylor


About FREEwilliamsburg




Add me to your
mailing list



Powered by
Movable Type 3.2




Advertise on New York blogs

blogads-blog-button3.png



Advertise With
FREEwilliamsburg