Regarding Gentrification

Friday, June 9 2017

Friday Night, Bedford Ave

Man on curb, drunk, and leering.

Whatever Williamsburg ever was, it's a white man, middle-aged, on Bedford Avenue, sitting on the curb, slobbering on an unlit cigar, in front of an Equinox, drunk, and leering, now.

He was lifted up and carried off by a woman, big shopping bag in hand, who came out of the Duane Reade, who I’d guess was his wife.

On the topic of: Brooklyn, Changes, Gentrification, Leering, NYC, Streets, Williamsburg

Saturday, December 12 2015

Nita Nita Closure

Nita Nita in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has closed and become a gentrification crime scene/artist installation.

Nita Nita, a bar in Williamsburg, was wrapped up like a crime scene. The tape reads "GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS." Local artist Gilf (Ann Lewis) did this. Gilf's done this at other locations around NYC. If you want to do it too, she sells the tape for $60 retail. Find it through @gilfnyc's profile or her site here

On the topic of: Bars, Brooklyn, Changes, Closures, Fenetres, Gentrification, Gentrification in Progress, Hipsters, NYC, Rent, Things That Are Too Damn High, Williamsburg

Monday, June 2 2014

Faces of Future Change in Bed-Stuy

asshole developer window

At right, a real estate developer. At left, his assistant. Here at Kava Shteeble, they're discussing the Bed-Stuy properties the developer is aggressively pursuing to buy, the owners of which his assistant is contacting daily. While I took this photo they were talking about a property the assistant will call about tomorrow. The assistant has reservations.

“What, you’re worried you’ll sound like a schmuck?”

“Yeah”

“I don’t care, you’ll make some money.”

“I call this guy every day. He says ‘Sir, take me off you’re fucking list.’”

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Change, Coffee Shops, Development, Gentrification

Wednesday, May 28 2014

McClurification

family hanging signage bodega

The McClurification of a bodega is a sign of imminent neighborhood gentrification. But the price per bag here is less than half the going rate in Williamsburg and that will make me a customer. 

On the topic of: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Change, Gentrification, Potato chips

Wednesday, March 19 2014

Urban Outfitters Declares: Williamsburg Officially Suburban Now

(Outlines of) writing on the wall

On my way to work from my laptop at my local third-wave coffee shop with free WiFi, I spotted these guys setting up the signage for what's to be a five story warehouse of appropriated subcultural artifacts sold to tourists and post-condo build neighborhood inhabitants as authentically sourced from Brooklyn signifiers of cool, and took a photo with my prosumer point and shoot camera. 

On the topic of: Brooklyn, Construction, Gentrification, Hipsters, Laborers, Williamsburg

Friday, March 16 2012

242 Bedford Avenue, Where a Whole Foods is Coming to Williamsburg.

This afternoon, while I was leering at passers-by from the front window of Oslo coffee of Bedford, an artist behind me said to the barista "It's over." Now, he said, his Eurotrash friends will accept Williamsburg as a destination worth visiting and start frequenting the bars here. As he explained it, they'd previously only consider venturing in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District on the weekends. "First came the models on the corners, then came the bankers chasing the models. It's over when there are models on the corners," he said.

On the topic of: Class War, Food, Gentrification, Williamsburg