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 ‚Äî the way New York has always been.