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May 05, 2010

Time-traveling Hipster Caught in 1940 Photo?


The above photo was taken in 1940 and is currently on display at a Canadian museum. In it, the viewer can see scores of 1940-era gents and ladies, in their sassy fedora hats, classy suits and ties, and then, right there about three people deep, that dude.

What's his deal? Is that a digital SLR he's got just below his screen-printed tee? That face. His emotions are way to "meh" here compared to the others in the photograph. To the analysis!

A week or so late because I was busy time traveling, h/t Boing Boing, Gizmodo

April 13, 2010

Stop Blaming Hipsters for the Census

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Hey NPR, next time you run a piece entitled “New York’s Hipsters Too Cool for the Census,” you should maybe do more than talk to three people in a record store?

Sure, as Brian pointed out last week, Williamsburg’s response rates are super low. But check out the actual data available on the Census 2010 Map. The Census return rates for the “hip” parts of Williamsburg are about on par with those for the rest of the city. It’s the Hassidic areas that have a super low rate of return (see screenshot above). Which the NPR story mentioned, kind of, at the end of the piece, after focusing on those crazy kids with their "wacky bikes" and "ironic mustaches."

So yeah, some of us are lazy assholes who haven’t mailed their forms in yet (like, ok, I *might* have just mailed mine in this morning). But come on – we’re no more lazy than the rest of this city.

UPDATE: Aaron Short, over at A Short Story blog, points out that one reason the Hassidic return rate might be so low is because the forms were mailed out during... Passover.

So what we're saying is that it's nobody's fault, really.

April 07, 2010

Williamsburg: Lowest Census Response Rate in All of NYC


Congratulations, Williamsburg! You are in dead last in census return rates with an impressive 31.3%. Your neighbors to the north in Queens are the highest, with 62.9% returned. Nihilists!

For a little non-context, this rate of 31.3% is equal to the amount of U.S. troops killed from accidents or illness in Iraq (May 2004), White male students likely to have carried a weapon in school in the US, and Hispanics in the state of California in 2001.

Bloomberg said, “For each person who is not counted in the census, the city loses about $3,000 in federal aid every year.’’ So put it this way. We're not getting any new parks, waterfront concerts, McCarren Park updates, trees, bike lanes, bike racks, or anything else the city pays for with federal money until you send in your census.*

*I have no idea how federal monies are used and am not even close to an expert on the subject.

Full list of return rates here.

April 05, 2010

Hipster Speed Daters Get 3 Minutes to Snark, Not 30 Seconds


The host of the hipster speed dating event, The Internet Killed Your Social Skills, is either hilariously self-aware or just plain mocking us.

After defending the event in a comment as "a fun night," she wrote, "you only need to know 2 indie bands really well, one dead novelist, and you actually have the length of a song to talk to each person. about 3 minutes, not 30 seconds."

Easy! Anyways, the next event is Thursday, May 6th at Macri Park should you be interested in mingling, and hey guess what, we're looking for a single hipster correspondent! Anyone want to attend and let us know how it goes? Write me.

pic via their fb group

March 22, 2010

Get Out the Vote: New Word for Hipsters


Gawker's Hamilton Nolan asks, "What will we call Hipsters?" The field has been narrowed to Doucheoisie, Fauxhemians, Pabstsmears, Probos & Trendsluts. Go, vote & help reset the course of history for the sake of the American media 4eva.

March 03, 2010

Hipster Trend Watch: Rabbits

[pic c/o Jennifer May for The New York Times]

A group of people with Abercrombie & Fitch bags and big aspirations gathered in the yard adjacent to Roberta's Pizza in November to learn how to kill them some rabbits.

It went well, it sounds like! For a $100 fee, they learned the method of choice, which "was to place the rabbit on its belly on straw-covered asphalt, press a broomstick across the back of its neck and swiftly yank up the rear legs." Snap, it probably went.

Now a days, people are eating those rabbits at places like Buttermilk Channel, even though a table of horrified guests walked out after discovering the cute little furballs on the menu. This caused the restaurant to promptly remove the rabbits from the menu, despite the other options like lamb legs, pig ribs, and an iced, baked, or pan-roasted sex-changing animal that is simply a collection of gills, gonads, tubules, tissue, cilia, mucus, mantle, a heart, two kidneys, blood, a mouth, and poop.

But no matter, the restaurant's owner, Doug Crowell, is pretty sure he's found the solution: "It seems to me that the more you can make rabbit not look like rabbit, the easier it is to sell people on it."

So where do you stand on the divisive rabbit issue? Should we nom them?

March 01, 2010

The Discobus


Now they're busing the hipsters into Manhattan:

“There’s no sitting on the party bus!” screamed a bearded man sporting a neck tattoo and glistening in sweat. He was stomping up the aisle of a pulsating bus — part of a crowd of about 30, drinking free Budweisers and catching a free ride from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to the Rusty Knot, a campy nautical-themed bar in the West Village.

It takes about 60 minutes to drive from Brooklyn to the bar, on West Street, with one extended stop in the East Village. But unlike most trips winding through the city, this does not seem like the longest hour of the riders’ lives — not in a bus tricked out with a dance floor, moody lighting, a D.J. and free alcohol. Not with Judas Priest blasting and cigarette smoke billowing.

“This bus is a little bit like going back to the New York of the ’70s or ’80s, when it wasn’t about the money, it was about the spirit,” said Richard Mark Jordan, an actor from Bushwick who was gyrating in the aisle with friends and high-fiving strangers.

Our friend from Brooklyn Based gets a nice shout:
“It has the novelty of being a little field trip,” said Chrysanthe Tenentes, the managing editor of a local-events Web site, Brooklyn Based. “It’s so far on the West Side, it’s almost Jersey.”

February 10, 2010

Hipster Cakes and Sweets Waiting for the L Train


Say "Thanks" or "Happy Birthday!" with a ten-pack of these cards from Etsy.

This is a boxed set of 10 cards and envelopes. It's all one design: Hipster Cakes and sweets waiting for the L Train in NYC! They come in a clear and sturdy box. Each card is an A2 size (4.24 x 5.5) which is horizontally aligned, with a top tent-fold. A very nice gift item!

Via jessieoleson's Etsy store.

January 27, 2010

Now Casting: Sexy Hipster Pirates

Are you a sexy, young, ethnically ambiguous hipster who dresses somewhere between "rock royalty" and "pirate style"?

Great! Collect $800.

January 21, 2010

"Stuff Hipsters Hate" Lands Book Deal


Congrats are due to Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich, two soft-spoken twenty-something girls from Williamsburg who just landed a book deal for their tumblr "Stuff Hipsters Hate."

From their agent:

"Stuff Hipsters Hate appealed to me for two reasons. First, it was a Tumblr site, so it had already been formed in a community and so wasn't just being read, but was part of a subculture's conversation about itself...Second, the authors are truly writers. Their humor is not a result of a cheap gimmick; they have voice."

From the girls:

"So, cat’s out of the bag: After a cuppla whirlwind months, we’re going to turn Stuff Hipsters Hate into a handy field guide to hipster scorn. In Fall 2010, awesome indie publisher Ulysses Press will release our analysis of the mating habits, habitat, theology, grooming practices and preferred entertainment of the modern-day hipster, with helpful graphs and charts to understand the elusive character of the trendy beast."

To celebrate, they're throwing a party at Glasslands on Saturday, February 13th.

Stuff Hipsters Hate // Galleycat

January 20, 2010

CNN Teams Up With Vice & Subpop

Does this mean Wolf Blitzer is going to start wearing skinny jeans and doing blow with Terry Richardson at Market Hotel? Bizarre.

CNN announced today that it will be teaming up with Vice's VBS.TV, overseen by Spike Jonze, on certain reporting projects on its website. The first will be the Vice Guide To Liberia. Vice's founder, Shane Smith, has a pretty classic quote in the release:

"Most people who hear about this partnership will think, 'Vice and CNN, hmmm... That's an odd pair of bedfellows for you.' And you'd be right. The 'Hipsters' Bible' hooking up with the World's News Leader is a bit odd. But as our company began to evolve and cover stories around the globe, CNN was our first and only choice for a partner. In a world of hyper-partisan opinion-led 'news,' CNN's credibility and reach put it in a class by itself. We couldn't be more excited with a partner unless it was Jimi Hendrix (nod to all the Baby Boomers out there) joining our rock and roll band."

CNN is also teaming up with Sub Pop band the Handsome Furs to show their band's first tour across Asia, filmed on Flip cams:

Speaking of CNN, if you missed this footage yesterday of Anderson Cooper in Haiti, it's pretty revealing—and also very upsetting.

January 10, 2010

Insight: "Wearing plaid in williamsburg is like camoflouge [sic] in the jungle."


December 23, 2009


Go forth and vote for Hipster of the Decade. Carles of Hipster Runoff is totally killing it right now. Kari the Hipster Grifter is not doin' so hot.

December 22, 2009

My Jeans Are Tighter Than Yall’s


Inside the Bushwick Trailer Park (Video)


A small crew out in Bushwick have taken to living in a "artist community/trailer park" warehouse, which they lovingly call "The Nut Factory," and yes, they're looking for new tenants just like you!

For just $590/month, one gets access to a one-bedroom camper, a darkroom, recording studio, performance stage, gym, storage screen printing room and workshops for ceramics, metal and woodworking.

They say it'll be non-smoking and pet-free, but community overlords Hayden Cummings and his two business partners have already broken that rule with their dog Murray and cat Buddy. Socialism is never fair! (I kid, this isn't socialism. There's nothing more American than people living in trailers, in a warehouse, in Brooklyn, communally, with a limit on dogs, and a monthly fee, and overlords.)

From Craigslist:

Here's the story: A few individuals with a rooted commitment to providing affordable studio space for artists have signed a lease on a 6,500ft2 space with access to a huge backyard. The indoor space will accommodate a number of shared facilities (darkroom, recording studio, screen printing room and workshops for ceramics, metal, woodworking, etc.). The backyard will have 25 campers that will be rented out as private artist studios. Imagine your own mini-building with windows on all sides! Rent for a private camper will include access to all shared facilities. Located just off the Montrose [L] stop, it's in the middle of the East Williamsburg/Bushwick hotbed of creativity.

And here, a look inside:

Further class reading: Rented Spaces, h/t Gawker

November 12, 2009

Tweed Rides?


I can appreciate the 19th Century fashion craze—woolen trousers, ties, newsboy caps, cotton undershirts—but this is taking things too far:

This flamboyance is part of a curious new movement called Tweed Rides, informal gatherings of spiffily dressed ladies and gents cycling leisurely through town and disdaining finish lines. Tweed Rides began in London earlier this year and have spread this fall to Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. As the directions for this weekend’s Tweed Ride in Washington, D.C., put it: “Leave the fleece, Lycra and outer shell at home. This ride is for the dandy.”
I love the old-timey look of Marlow & Sons and Freeman's as much as anyone, but Christ. Enough is enough. [image via]

October 14, 2009

Hipster Grifter's Next Career Move: Porn?

bucky_to_ja.png ja_to_bucky.pngIf a series of tweets between Animal's Bucky Turco and Burning Angel's Joanna Angel are any indication, the Hipster Grifter is allegedly looking to make a little career move after serving her nine-month sentence in a Utah jail and do some porn, er, pose nude.

Now, she's been published nude before after some photos were leaked on a blog during Hipster Grifter-Gate earlier this year, but this is different. This would be THG posing for Burning Angel, a site that is self-described as, "Alt, Emo, Tattoo, Goth, and Punk Rock hardcore porn at it's best with video, pics and blogs."

For Kari, this is a fantastic development. THG the brand is only getting edgier, and if she keeps sending these letters from a Utah jail that Animal's been publishing, her tattooed star will only shine brighter. And as Bucky tells us, "It can't hurt her resume and she is going to need a job when she gets out."

The correspondence:

Bucky Turco: @JoannaAngel Hey Joanna. The Hipster Grifter once again asked about a photo shoot when she gets out. Do you have an answer for her?

Joanna Angel: @buckyturco yes i would love to have her on the website.

Bucky Turco: @JoannaAngel Cool. I'm gonna print out your tweet and mail it to her. Thanks!

Fly, little USPS delivery man, and send along the printed tweet of news! The media world awaits the impending stream of hotdogs and hallways.

UPDATE!!!1!!: Bucky noticed I missed a rather important tweet in this whole shi-bang, from one Joanna Angel: "@buckyturco tell her I would love to fuck her on camera... I think we'd have a lot of fun =)". Joanna Angel. Wants to fuck. The Hipster Grifter. On camera. Good night, and good luck.


October 12, 2009

Hipsters May Now Be Referred To As Marshmallows


Hipsters have a reputation for basically being pussies, what with their tight black jeans, ironic haircuts and ability to run from the cops while recording the footage with their iPhones and yelling, "I'm gonna put this on the internets you pigs!" So, naturally, the cops probably don't like that!

Gothamist spotted a twaddler who wrote, "Just found out cops in williamsburg call hipsters marshmallows because we are white and soft," and therefore recommends that this observation becomes reality. So, squishy ones, will you embrace it? Or, are you "offended"?

After the jump, please find a related video of someone microwaving a Peep.

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September 17, 2009

Pabst Blue Ribbon Will Carry America Out of the Reccession


Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR as it's so affectionately called, has seen its sales rise 25% this year despite a crippling recession and price hike that brought a case to "$1.50 more than MillerCoors' Keystone, $1 more than Anheuser-Busch's Busch and Natural brands, and 50 cents more than Miller High Life." Hipsters, it's long been known, have led the charge in making PBR such a powerhorse in the shitty piss-water beer market. But when did this all start? Years ago, Ad age reports.

Back in 2004, Pabst executed a highly effective word-of-mouth campaign that made the long-declining brand an "ironic downscale chic" choice for bike messengers and other younger drinkers who viewed the beer as a statement of non-mainstream taste. PBR sales surged by nearly 17% that year, and have climbed at single-digit rates since, until this year, when the recession sent its sales soaring as more drinkers were pushed into the subpremium category.

You hear that? PBR is now subpremium, which by my scale is way too close to that "mainstream beer" that you all refuse to imbibe in. So what's next, PBR drinkers? Expect Monday Night Football commercials featuring dudes getting laaaaaid while holding footballs and throwing high fives.

It's time to let our Ribbon'd friend go, bike messengers and angry youths, and start the hunt for a new icon of the underground to slurp up with your rebellious lips.

My vote? Genny Cream Ale and/or Modelo. Or what if we all just drank Hugs, those little juice drinks that look like grenades. That'll get 'em. What's your vote?

August 29, 2009

Hipster Runoff On Last Week's Girl Talk Party


It seems like the Girl Talk is a ‘celebration of waste’, like they are just converting a local park into a ‘huge fucking dumpster.’
The entire post is hilarious and, best of all, 'Carles' used Clarissa's photos to illustrate his point.

August 27, 2009

Constitutional Hipsters

[via toothpastefordinner]

August 25, 2009

The Golem

A group of Jews create a Golem to fight the Williamsburg hipsters in this video by Stephen Levinson and Jason Reich, starring Jonathan Katz. The Golem's really funny! And as Curbed notes, "Trustafarians, golems and gentrification gags are all accounted for" in this book trailer for The Jewish Body.

July 29, 2009

Time Chronicles Hipsters, Misidentifies Breeding Grounds


Time published "A Brief History of Hipsters" today, because we all need that, and captioned the above Getty photo of people tossing water balloons in McCarren with, "Hipsters participate in a water balloon toss as they try and beat the heat at Tom Stofka Garden park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City." Oops! What's that about?

In fact, Tom Stofka Garden is the beautiful memorial garden at the park's Driggs Avenue entrance, named for the deceased former Director of Brooklyn Forestry, Tom Stofka. He helped get the city's first tree census off the ground, among many other wonderful things.

Anyways, they talk about this whole problem everyone's having with moniez and how it affects everyone in W'burg...

The hip have been hit with a double whammy of economic reality — more are struggling to pay the rent as parental support dries up, and their carefully gentrified neighborhood is gradually being infiltrated by squatters inhabiting Williamsburg's stalled building projects. Hipsterdom's largest natural habitat, it seems, is under threat.


Update: They fixed it to read, "New York hipsters participate in a water-balloon toss at Tom Stofka Garden in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn," which is STILL wrong. They aren't in the freakin' garden. Sheesh.

Update 2: TimeHipsterGate is over. Everybody go home. It now correctly reads, "New York hipsters participate in a water-balloon toss at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."

June 29, 2009

Look at This F*cking Hipster Basher


I've got a new piece over at The Morning News. I'd sworn off writing about hipsters, but got sucked back in by all the rage they still evoke. Here's a taste.

You get the sense that if Jimi Hendrix were to show up in Echo Park today, he’d be publicly mocked in a style section piece on blipsters for wearing a feathered fedora. Duchamp would have given up as soon as he appeared on And Warhol would be demonized as a hipster gentrifier for setting up his factory in a Brooklyn warehouse. Critics continue to complain that we live in an era where all art is derivative and devoid of substance. But if Hendrix, Duchamp, or Warhol were alive today, we’d be doing our damnedest to derail their self-expression, dismissing them as fucking hipsters.
You can read it all here. Image via.

May 14, 2009

There Are Trees In Them Thar Fields!


Our local athletes suddenly find themselves running into trees - a problem! - whilst playing kickball in McCarren Park. So, to get to the bottom of this scoop, the Brooklyn Paper sent out the grizzled Ben Muessig to investigate the unfortunate planting of these "trees"....

The 20-odd baby trees, which were planted as a part of Mayor Bloomberg’s “Million Trees” program, affect all three Brooklyn Kickball fields, which are used simultaneously on Sunday nights.

“You have to watch out, or else you’ll get hit in the back of the head,” said Bushwick resident B.J. Steiner of the “Divine Sisterhood of the Sacred Bleeding Heart” squad.

The city responded:

“This area was originally conceived as a passive-use area,” Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson wrote in an e-mail. “With many venues in McCarren Park already dedicated to active recreation such as its ballfields, turf field, running track and basketball courts, we also strive to ensure that space is available for more passive pursuits such as picnics, sunbathing, and book reading.”

Let me know how sunbathing under these new trees works out for you. In regards to your "passive-use" quote, Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson, I would like to say, "That's what she said." Thank you and good night.

[photo by Katie Chao, c/o Brooklyn Paper]

May 11, 2009

It's Hipsters in Space!

May 09, 2009

Sounding off on hipsters (again) over at Gawker


The Assimilated Negro asked me to comment on the hipster casting call that we posted about earlier this week. From Gawker

Let's assume this thing isn't a hoax or an art project by a recent Oberlin grad who thinks he's bohemian because he found bedbugs in his beard.

Do you tap the family trust fund? Do you idolize Dan Deacon? Are you SO not worried about getting swine flu 'cause that shit only happens to poor people?

They're not looking for hipsters. They're looking for entitled idiots. And wait, before you say it, I'm well aware. The terms ‘hipster' and ‘entitled idiot' have been synonyms for close to a decade now. But come on, isn't hipster rage about as tired as PBR and trucker caps? Of course there are plenty of ridiculous, pretentious idiots in Williamsburg-and New York as a whole for that matter. But would you rather be living in a stripmall in the exurbs of Richmond where alt culture consists of seeing The String Cheese Incident perform on Friday at that state-run amphitheater next to Applebees? (I'm from VA, so I can make fun). Personally, I'd rather be in a place like Williamsburg where people appreciate film, music, and fashion, even if I do have to put up with people named Unicornicopia and the neighborhood's other goofy excesses.

I hope the hipsterhood reality series is for real. That way we can pin all our hipster rage on a handful of dipshits and begin recognizing the difference between artists, people who are cool, and entitled morons. We clearly need a few sacrificial lambs and anyone who would answer that casting call is a perfect fit.

Be sure to check out T.A.N.'s hilarious Hipster Sensibility Matrix too. [image via]

May 07, 2009

Casting Call: Do you tap the family trust fund?

We can only hope this is a joke. And as of yet, there is no content at


May 04, 2009

Hipster Foldables: The Hipster Grifter


We want to give you a foldable hipster grifter with our mouth.

Who better to launch our new hipster foldables series, than Kari Ferrell, aka the Hipster Grifter. And just in time for Mother's Day! In case you missed it, her story was first detailed in the New York Observer by Doree Shafrir (speaking of Mother's Day, buy Doree's hilarious book!).

Now, Kari is making fresh headlines over at Animal New York and Gawker. ("I want to give you a mom job"... WTF!) And, UPDATE: apparently, she's now in custody. We should have included handcuffs in our foldable.

Each month, we'll be featuring a new Williamsburg foldable celebrity, care of the immensely talented Bryan of

Send us photo submissions of local characters and microcelebrites—we're looking for additional Williamsburgers to make foldable. Don't make us do Kyp Malone. (Actually, how can we not do Kyp Malone?)

1. Download the Hipster Grifter foldable here (.pdf)
2. Print
3. Cut along black solid lines
4. Fold along dotted lines and tape, as instructed
5. Pull dress down to see boobz

Thanks again to Bryan. And remember, send us photos for future foldables!


Screenshot and foldable after the jump.

UPDATE 2: Now there's a Hipster Grifter phone app.

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April 27, 2009

'Super Cool' Rockers, Dancers, Hip Nerds & Graffiti Types Needed

Some hep cat looking for wacky trendsetters in Williamsburg, just sent us this. From the mailbag:



LES Types
Williamsburg Types
Street Artist
Graffiti Types
Hip/Nerd Look

And all other super cool folks!

Impossible Casting ( is seeking the coolest New Yorkers for upcoming paid advertising campaigns. E-mail us some pictures at submit (AT) About US: Impossible Casting is NY's premier casting companies. We cast models, actors and real people for TV, Film, commercials and Print. We also find a lot of our best people right off the street.

They forgot about grifters, bearded neo-hippies, and this dude, who is definitely rocking his own style:

image via

Who are the latest locals rocking their own style? We haven't seen the above or the Goth Pilgrim in a while. Let us know in comments, and please... SEND US PIX!

April 26, 2009

Swine Discrimination

Well, you did it pigs. The US has declared a public health emergency over this whole Swine Flu strain that's crept up from the backlots of Mexico and hunkered down in 8 or so high school students from Queens. I wonder how the dude who lives in Williamsburg with his pet pig is feeling about all this. It's used to, "Oh my god! Is that a pig? How cute!" but might now face screams and discrimination. Here he is in McCarren Park in happier times: (note the Rottweiler's cautiousness. it knew)

April 20, 2009

Hipster Grifter Bingo


April 19, 2009

The Grifster Scavenger Hunt


April 17, 2009

Another "Grifster" Story, This Time With Pirates


The hipster grifter is getting so much press, clearly she needs a nickname. From this point onward, she's the "Grifster."

Here's yet another tale of Kari Ferrell's exploits detailing her fondness for the phrase "I wanna give you a handjob with my mouth." Turns out some dude named Chris Giganti made out with her, despite finding her a bit chubby and pimply, not to mention sketchy and borderline insane. But what do you expect, when you post a personals ad that says "Semi-professional buccaneer looking for pirate girl with eye patch and glasses for adventures including, but not limited to, commandeering ships, burying and subsequently digging up treasure, drinking, and other general swashbuckling," as Chris Giganti apparently did.


Being new to New York, I decided to post a personals ad on Craigslist pretending to be an unemployed pirate looking for a three-eyed hipster girl (glasses plus eye patch = three eyes) [read the ad here - Tim]. I wrote it with a mixture of sincerity and ludicrousness, with the secret hope that someone interesting and attractive might actually come across it and respond.

Most of the responses were from porn sites looking for subscribers. But then I got this very well-written note from someone named Korean Abdul-Jabar, listing about seven reasons why I should want to get to know her, signed Kari.

And I have to admit, they were pretty compelling reasons. She talked about being into music and science, and she said she had a degree in physics. She attached a photo, and the tattoo on her chest of a phoenix was nearly as enticing as the pixie crop and the mild look of benevolent disdain. She included a line indicating her enjoyment of giving handjobs via mouth -- a phrase already on its way to Brooklyn infamy -- that was both provocative and hilarious in its directness.

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April 08, 2009

So, can I like, twitter you some time?

image c/o Twitter

Apparently, not everyone was satisfied with Twitter just cornering the "telling-the-world-what-you-are-doing/eating/thinking/excreting" market . Now it's supposed to get you a date as well. Via GothamList:

Tonight Hugs is hosting a "Twitter Fueled Singles Dance Party." The organizers say, 'the main novelty we have going is that some tech-minded folks we know have put together a chatroom where people can text message our twitter account, which will tweet whatever flirty notes people feel like saying about one another. And also we'll have ice cream, dancing, and so forth.
I'm not sold on the format but it's getting to be that time to get summer loves lined up. Me? I'll be there for the ice cream. For those more twitter-inclined feel free to send some of those flirty messages at us @freedubya.

April 01, 2009

Vote Team Robespierre

From the mailbag:

I directed a music video for their song "88th Precinct" which is in competition to get on regular MTV rotation. However, they're up against musicians who have already had MTV air time and are signed to warner bros and have music videos with much larger budgets (considering our budget was no budget).

You can vote by going here:

and you can vote as many times as you like. Voting ends this Friday at noon

Evidently, they've already gotten the run-around by MTV and were asked to edit out someone's tongue since, as everyone knows, tongues=cunnilingus—both of which are too racy for MTV. Here's their video below, much of which was filmed in the neighborhood.

March 18, 2009

Barry Manilow the Original W-Burg Hipster


Who knew Bary Manilow grew up here? Williamsburg just got a little bit *cooler.* From

Q: You didn't have a lot of money growing up.
A: Oh, none. Zero. Zip. Nothin'. I come from nowhere Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These days Williamsburg is kind of a hip area, but when I grew up there, the taxi drivers wouldn't even go over the bridge, it was so dangerous.

Q: So you were the original Williamsburg hipster.
A: I wasn't really a hipster. I was a geek.

"Copacabana" after the jump, but don't do it on an empty stomach.

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March 08, 2009

WWJD — If He Was a Hipster?


Holy Jesus fuck! I recently came across something that has me baffled to the core: The Christian Hipster phenomenon. Apparently, Brett McCracken, a self-identified Christian hipster, is writing a book about a utopian world where Christians sit around and smoke cloves, drink 40s and pray together.

"This is a serious exploration. It’s not a joke, and though it is humorous at times and occasionally ironic, it is by no means an exercise in sarcasm (as in, say, Robert Lanham’s Hipster Handbook)... Whatever criticism I end up putting forward in the book, I hope that readers recognize that it is all for the ultimate refinement of the church and its mission in the world."

I see. Well then leave the sarcasm to me, because I'm going to go ahead and call this one a HIPSTER FAIL.

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March 04, 2009

Statistically, You Still Probably Won't Get Laid


The Interactive Singles Map has been floating around for a while, but I just found it linked on the site of Virgil Griffith, the hot-in-a-nerdy-way creator of the Wiki Scanner, and successfully procrastinated with it for about an hour, changing views and tweaking the age levers.

The creator of the map has a few lol-worthy observations on the site, but I took the liberty of summarizing the data for you and interpreting it in the context of the Williamsburg dating scene:

If you're a chick, this map can either give you hopeful optimism or crush your single-but-looking spirit. On the one hand, not only does New York City contain 109,132 more men than women in the datable age-range, but single men overpopulate single women in pretty much ever city in the United States. Score! On the other hand, why are you still single? Burn!

Dudes... you now know you've got serious completion — unless you go for the cougars!

Happy hunting!

February 25, 2009



Grub Street coined it. And the New York Times has a great story on the growing culinary movement in Brooklyn:

Gabrielle Langholtz, the editor of Edible Brooklyn, which chronicles the borough’s food scene, said it has grown along with the arrival of what she calls the “new demographic.”

“It’s that guy in the band with the big plastic glasses who’s already asking for grass-fed steak and knows about nibs,” Ms. Langholtz said.

“Ten years ago all of these people hadn’t moved to Brooklyn yet,” she added, comparing Brooklyn today to Berkeley in the 1970s. “There’s a relationship to food that comes with that approach to the universe,” Ms. Langholtz said. “Every person you pass has read Michael Pollan, every person has thought about joining a raw milk club, and if they haven’t made ricotta, they want to.”

Here's the article: Brooklyn’s New Culinary Movement.

February 17, 2009

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