DNA Info reported today on the complaints of Williamsburg residents on the recent influx of bridge-and-tunnel visitors:
Ever since he moved to North Williamsburg a few years ago, Michael Chandler has lost some of his favorite undiscovered bars to hordes of weekend “flipsters.”
“They’re poser hipsters. They come from the city or from New Jersey to come play hipster for the weekend,” said Chandler, 26, of the term. “There’s some weird touristy draw… All the cool bars that used to be not crowded are now crowded by weekenders.”
“The people who actually live on this block don’t go to these places. I don’t go to the Wythe, I don’t go to Output,” said Wythe Avenue resident Kate, 26, who declined to give her last name but said she’d lived on the stretch for the past two years and was dismayed by the changes.
While I get annoyed by the changing scene, it’s hard not to point out that there has been a Williamsburg for more than 2 years, and change isn’t something new to the neighborhood. The 20-somethings complaining about the changes might be closer to the recent ‘flipsters’ than they are to the Williamsburg residents who came a decade ago in search of community and cheap rent. I do admit it has gotten particularly bro-y as of late, but imagine if popped collars were still a thing? We would have articles about ‘popsters’ and life would be even worse. If I had more time I’d write some bad comparisons to the national immigration debate. What should we do? I hear Mitt Romney needs a job, we could elect him to local goverment and put up a high-tech fence from Kent to Bushwick. via DNA Info