Remember Stuff Hipsters Hate — the hilarious Tumblr that became a book parodying hipsters in Brooklyn and beyond? Somehow 2008 seems like decades ago. The coauthor of the book, Andrea Bartz, just released a new book called The Lost Night partially inspired by the author’s time living in hipster ground zero McKibbin Lofts. It’s a murder mystery set in a Bushwick apartment complex called Calhoun Lofts. Bedford & Bowery spoke with the author about her book, Brooklyn in the aughts, and deciding to set her novel in Bushwick:
I was looking back on my own time in New York when I had first moved here at 23, newly out of college. It was this really interesting time for being a 20-something in New York, especially working in the arts. I thought “hipster Brooklyn” might make an interesting setting for a mystery. I had a lot of doubts, because it was 2014, and everyone still really hated hipsters in 2014, but I decided to give it a go and see what would happen.
Q: So why Bushwick specifically?
In trying to develop an idea, I was thinking of the McKibbin lofts in Bushwick, how it was the nerve-center for the scene. I have never lived there, but every time I entered, on any given Friday night, without any plans, you could basically do a choose-your-own adventure. There could be a play happening in one loft, there would be a poetry reading [in another], then there would be a concert… your friends would split off and you’d have these crazy nights and then you’d find each other later in the night or the next morning and “compare notes.” It was this interesting closed door sort of world that would make an interesting set of a murder.
The book is on-sale now, so be sure to grab a copy!