Resident Starts Petition: Wants ‘East Williamsburg’ to Secede From That Other, ‘More Hip’ Williamsburg

Gothamist interviewed him:

“I live in Williamsburg,” Ian MacAllen tells us. “Or East Williamsburg. It all depends on the year, the real estate broker, the cab driver, the girl you are trying to impress. For people who know the difference, I tell them Graham Avenue.” His petition, which calls on the federal government to “peacefully grant the neighborhood of East Williamsburg to secede from Williamsburg and create a new, hipper neighborhood,” currently has one signature. But once the hardcore punk DIY crowd at East Williamsburg’s Huckleberry Bar hears about this, it’s going to catch fire.

Here is MacAllen’s reason for the petition — which currently has 5 signatures:

The founding hipsters first arrived on Bedford Avenue two decades earlier convinced that the East Village was “overpriced” and that more generally, Manhattan was “so over.”
In recent years, the trustifarians have turned the Bedford Avenue area into a disneyland of fashionable shops and expensive cocktail bars. The baby-bankers living in the glass, waterfront towers have pushed out the smack junkies and complain to the police about “noise” from rock musicians.
As such, the grittier East Williamsburg would prefer to disassociate from Williamsburg as a fully separate and independent neighborhood. The people of East Williamsburg actually have real jobs. Their shops are not particularly fashionable. Some of the bars are genuinely dangerous dives. Please allow the neighborhood to secede.

Williamsburg’s Bedford Ave Gets Its Own Kinda Creepy Webcam: Styleblaster

From the Styleblaster website:

Since the early 2000s, Williamsburg has been a neighborhood popular with a new cultural elite, the heirs of the artists and hipsters who in years past were attracted by its location, one subway stop from Manhattan.

Now in 2012, the neighborhood is poised on the cusp of a new change as the repercussions of recent zoning changes, combined with inland condo construction, have literally paved the way for a new breed of stylish and sassy individuals. A place for the fashionable to be seen, Williamsburg’s stretch of Bedford Avenue is often described as a modern Haight-Ashbury, a cultural mecca for the Millenial generation.

To answer the changing times, we introduce Styleblaster, a realtime account of what people in Williamsburg are wearing. Unlike a typical streetstyle blog, Styleblaster documents all — the visiting fashion plates, the hipsters and have-nots, the native Polish and Italian proud who have for years called this neighborhood home. And above all — the dapper salarymen and businesswomen who stand to inherit the area.

Situated a block from the hellmouth of the Bedford “L” subway train, our camera aims down the street, capturing Williamsburg on the hoof. Moments after a person enters into the frame, the camera snaps, sending its image onto our blog. For the online fashion browser, a boon: the blog updates in realtime, showcasing each new image as quick as it can be appraised. Online viewers can watch a live feed, peruse a recent history of images, or compare shots over the days and weeks as FW-2012 blossoms into SS-2013.

We’re not sure what’s going on here.


This is just too dumb to keep to ourselves. From the inbox:

(not actors pretending to be hipsters!)
For REAL hipsters only: has anyone ever said you have a huge personality, are obnoxious, a jerk, arrogant, over-the-top, unique, melodramatic, crazy or larger than life personality?
(If you are a real hipster but lack this larger-than-life personality, unfortunately this is not right for you)
OPEN CALL For Hipsters with personality types described above!
THIS SAT,Sept 22nd- 2-4 PM
The Producers Club
358 West 44th st
(bet 8 & 9th ave)
Please forward to anyone who’s right for this!
Just bring yourself! Short interview!
If you do NOT have an over the top personality but are a real hipster….unfortunately this is still not for you! We are not looking for actors but REAL HIPSTERS.
This is for a reality show on you! PAID position if cast. Don’t be lazy – you may be THE NEXT REALITY STAR!! $$$$
Questions call- 646-410-1188/1151

The 20 Worst Hipster Bands

Bon Iver

Bon Iver

…at least according to LA Weekly. They get it right in a few cases (Bon Iver, Death Cab For Cutie) but come on… why all the hate for Beach House and Arcade Fire:

Who are these hipsters we see each day in the streets, on our Tumblr feeds, and on the local news? And why are so many in bands? It’s not the mere existence of hipster groups that distresses us — some of our best friends are hipsters, after all — it’s their lemming-like tendency to, if you’ll pardon a mixed metaphor, ape each other.

On its surface hipsterdom seems to be an individuality-grab, but most of today’s 20 and 30-something bands from Silver Lake and Williamsburg sound shockingly similar. They’re all playing variations of retro garage and soul music — or bringing glockenspiels and choirs on incestuous nationwide tours — all the while clad in vintage garb likely infested with lice. We’re not saying that they should be outlawed by, like, Congress or something. Just that they should be avoided. Here then, is our field guide to the worst offenders

Check out the list here.

Headline Round-Up: Cool Down With Free Beer at the Diamond and With Hipsters Slipping On Ice

The Diamond

The Diamond

Introducing Bushwick’s Cobra Club, Possibly the City’s First Yoga Studio and Bar Grub Street

Your Perfect Arty Sunday in Bushwick Bushwick Daily

Details on the Wick & the Well, Bushwick’s Upcoming Giant Beer Garden and Music Venue Grub Street

Oak Is Relocating Its Williamsburg Shop to Nassau Avenue Racked

Dissecting the Greenpoint Art Community Greenpoint Gazzette

Brooklyn Teen Gravely Wounded on Nighttime Walk in Bushwick WSJ

The Diamond celebrates an anniversary (with some free beer) Greenpointers

Cool Off With This Controversial Vintage Video Of Hipsters Falling On Ice Gothamist

Start thinking about where to watch fireworks Gothamist

13 things to do this weekend: Is it July already? Brokelyn

Prepare to sweat your vajay and/or dick off

Cyclones To Host Hipster Baseball Night


LEGO Rings- Yay or Nay?

Tiny Stitches

Back in October, I met one of the most iconic indie rockers during CMJ. This would be the handsome man behind Mister Heavenly and IslandsNick Thorburn. My meeting with him was strictly business and before gazing deep into his eyes, I was captivated by this little piece of plastic around his finger. Then as he motioned his hand, I noticed it was a white LEGO ring.

That was my first stumble upon this toy/accessory and on my second, I decided to personally own one. Still unsure if it’s the reason that Nick Thornburn has the same designer copy of the ring or how my childhood memories evolved around building LEGO forts, either way, I have fallen for this trend. Mine was $5 at the Brooklyn Flea which probably added to the desire of purchasing it. You can find high quality editions online or go cheap, and head to your nearest hipster flea market. These kind of creative crafts are always a hit in the DIY community but what are your thoughts, the trend of Lego Rings, Yay or Nay?

Click here for the Etsy links to these rings.

Email Cannot Be Ironic Or Hip

This dumb, Williamsburg -baiting article, Things Hipsters Do To Be Ironic But Are Actually Awesome, is not going to get anyone to use hotmail. Do the ladies from2 Broke Girls use hotmail? (This whole campaign on Buzzfeed, in fact, is dumb.)