Well you knew this was coming. The Times discovers Ridgewood. “Artsy types in their 20s and 30s, wearing hoodies and black-frame glasses” are invading Ridgewood. (The ban on saying “hipsters” seems to continue.) Evidently, Quooklyn is filling up with dudes who dance like the guy pictured above, “boozy revelers in cutoffs and ’90s basketball jerseys,” and there are “sexual acts [happening] out in the open:”
Cafes with vegan muffins, yoga studios and destination pizzerias have (naturally) sprouted. Bars with names like Milo’s Yard and Bierleichen are slated to open. Guitar cases, tote bags and shearling coats are increasingly frequent accessories on pedestrians.
Ridgewood is in the chrysalis stage of an outer-borough transformation that shrieks “Brooklyn.” Except it’s not in that overhyped borough.
“Most people were like, ‘Queens? You’ve got to be kidding,’ ” said Brian Taylor, who is opening Onderdonk & Sons, a beer and burger joint on Onderdonk Avenue this month. He is an owner of the Pencil Factory, a popular bar that opened 14 years ago in Greenpoint, and now feels priced out of that neighborhood. “People are saying ‘Ridgewood, that’s the hottest place ever.’ ”
Don’t miss their video of Ridgewood’s new influx of “Artsy types,” formerly known as hipsters: