All Tomorrow’s Williamsburgs

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Earlier today, DNAInfo reported that Bay Ridge is the new Williamsburg. This is a ridiculous claim, obviously. Bay Ridge is like 2 hours from Manhattan.

But that did not stop literally every single local blog from penning 600-word essays speculating whether or not Bay Ridge is, in fact, the new Williamsburg. Speculation about the new Williamsburg/Brooklyn and pointless screeds about why X, Y, or Z neighborhood and/or city is absolutely not the new Williamsburg and/or Brooklyn keep bloggers’ families fed and warm at night.

But that’s not very interesting. Instead, we dug into the data, Nate Silver-style, and found every prediction about the new Williamsburg/Brooklyn we could, to see just how full of shit everyone else is. Here they are, in chronological order:

  • On August 14, 2005, the New York Times said Philadelphia was the new Brooklyn.
  • On February 3, 2006, the New York Observer said Williamsburg was the new Williamsburg.
  • On September 11, 2006, the New York Observer said Berlin was the new Brooklyn.
  • On October 7, 2007, the New York Times said St. George, Staten Island, was the new Williamsburg.
  • On October 18, 2007, AM New York said Long Island City was the new Williamsburg.
  • On July 21, 2008, the New York Observer said Atlantic City was the new Brooklyn.
  • On January 12, 2009, Curbed said Sunset Park was the new Williamsburg.
  • On June 1, 2009, the Hunts Point Express said Hunts Point was the new Williamsburg.
  • On May 24, 2010, the New York Times said Rosendale, N.Y., was the new Brooklyn.
  • On June 16, 2011, New York Magazine said the Rockaways was the new Williamsburg.
  • On July 18, 2011, They Might Be Giants said the Catskills was the new Williamsburg.
  • On August 5, 2011, the New York Times said the Hudson River Valley was the new Brooklyn.
  • On April 27, 2012, the Wall Street Journal said Long Island City was the new Williamsburg.
  • On May 16, 2012, the New York Observer said the Upper East Side was the new Williamsburg.
  • On July 20, 2012, the New York Times said Greenpoint was the new Williamsburg.
  • On November 8, 2012, Guest of a Guest said West Harlem was the new Williamsburg.
  • On March 20, 2012, BRKLYNR said Greenpoint was the new Williamsburg.
  • On April 9, 2012, Better Cities and Towns said Oakland was the new Brooklyn.
  • On April 15, 2013, the New York Observer said Mott Haven was the new Williamsburg.
  • On May 3, 2013, Crain’s said Queens was the new Brooklyn.
  • On May 14, 2013, the New York Observer said Brownsville was the new Williamsburg.
  • On June 5, 2013, DNAInfo said Staten Island was the new Brooklyn.
  • On July 11, 2013, The Awl said Brooklyn Heights was the new Williamsburg.
  • On August 1, 2013, The Real Deal said Ridgewood was the new Williamsburg.
  • On September 4, 2012, Pacific Standard Magazine said Philadelphia was the new Brooklyn.
  • On October 12, 2013, the mayor of Compton said Compton was the new Brooklyn.
  • On November 12, 2013, Crain’s said Bed-Stuy was the new Williamsburg.
  • On December 4, 2013, the NY Daily News said the South Bronx was the new Brooklyn.
  • On December 7, 2013, PIX11 said the South Bronx was the new Brooklyn.
  • On January 3, 2014, Fortune Magazine said Cleveland, Louisville, and Detroit were the new Brooklyns.
  • On January 14, 2014, the New York Observer said Astoria was the new Williamsburg.
  • On January 15, 2014, the New York Post said Long Island City was the new Williamsburg.
  • On January 29, 2014, Gawker said Bushwick was the new Williamsburg.
  • On January 30, 2014, Curbed said Crown Heights was the new Williamsburg.
  • On January 30, 2014, Untapped Cities said East New York was the new Williamsburg.
  • On March 17, 2014, the Brooklyn Bugle said Manhattan was the new Brooklyn.
  • On April 10, 2014, Businessweek said Austin was the new Brooklyn.
  • On April 15, 2014, the New York Times said South Williamsburg was the new Williamsburg.
  • On April 17, 2014, Crain’s said Bushwick was the new Williamsburg.
  • On April 17, 2014, DNAInfo said Bay Ridge was the new Williamsburg.

Whew! So, what can we learn from these data? Absolutely nothing. Bye.

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[update: added a few more Williamsburgs]

Comments

  1. They were right about Philadelphia, Berlin and South Williamsburg.

    • one way in which berlin has become similar is that about the time you get to any particular part of it, you’re 5 minutes from being priced out as some rich douche buys your building and gentrifies it out from under you.

    • LiberalInternut says:

      Berlin isn’t the new “brooklyn” Berlin is Manhattan (the village) in its prime..
      Berlin surpassed Williamsburg in one night.

  2. pubepillow says:

    lol. rosendale. theres was a story about beacon ny being the new williamsburg. that was pretty funny. ten years ago beacon was a great place to buy crack at a gas station. now that theres 2 half assed galleries and a tattoo shop they claim a urban renaissance.

  3. I’m not sure what implies Williamsburgness, as the things that made it fun have been in steady decline since 2005. The dispersal of open minded, creative people to very many randomized locations is what this new century requires.

    I’ve had fun in Crown Heights, Philadelphia, and Detroit. The revolution cannot be editorialized and stuff

    • Paul Abruzzo says:

      Well, let me know when the creative individuals show up because they’re not the hipsters from Williamsburg.

  4. In 1992 when I was about to move to NYC…specifically Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there was a cover article in New York magazine “The New Bohemia”. On the cover was a shot of Teddy’s. Ten years later thee was a “new bohemia” article in the same magazine identifying Astoria as the “new bohemia”. It gets better, just a few years ago there was an article, maybe in the same magazine that was titled, “Manhattan: the New Brooklyn”. Just like Gilligan’s Island’s Maryanne isn’t Maryanne any more and Ginger’s not Ginger-Brooklyn’s not Brooklyn any more and New York’s not New York any more. Sad.

  5. I have to say all this talk of the new Brooklyn and next williamsburg etc is tiresome. I live in one of the “hip” neighborhoods and I am not crazy about the neighbors. neighborhood etc. I’m only here because I like my apartment. While some of the waterfront development is enjoyable I feel like Brooklyn and much of nyc is becoming very homogeneous. It’s losing some of that certain grittiness and diversity that drew me here 13 years ago. I could certainly do without all the “hipsters” who work in an adjacent office building and whose smoke seeps into my apartment and late night parties bother me.

  6. I have a minor correction for this article. Bay Ridge is actually a 20 minute drive to Manhattan or 40 minutes by train. Just FYI.

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