Time Chronicles Hipsters, Misidentifies Breeding Grounds

Time published “A Brief History of Hipsters” today, because we all need that, and captioned the above Getty photo of people tossing water balloons in McCarren with, “Hipsters participate in a water balloon toss as they try and beat the heat at Tom Stofka Garden park in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City.” Oops! What’s that about?
In fact, Tom Stofka Garden is the beautiful memorial garden at the park’s Driggs Avenue entrance, named for the deceased former Director of Brooklyn Forestry, Tom Stofka. He helped get the city’s first tree census off the ground, among many other wonderful things.
Anyways, they talk about this whole problem everyone’s having with moniez and how it affects everyone in W’burg…

The hip have been hit with a double whammy of economic reality ‚Äî more are struggling to pay the rent as parental support dries up, and their carefully gentrified neighborhood is gradually being infiltrated by squatters inhabiting Williamsburg’s stalled building projects. Hipsterdom’s largest natural habitat, it seems, is under threat.

Update: They fixed it to read, “New York hipsters participate in a water-balloon toss at Tom Stofka Garden in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” which is STILL wrong. They aren’t in the freakin’ garden. Sheesh.
Update 2: TimeHipsterGate is over. Everybody go home. It now correctly reads, “New York hipsters participate in a water-balloon toss at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.”


  1. Tempo job says:

    Dan Fletcher is kind of an idiot, and a bit of a bad writer. He doesn’t really seem to look into things, well… pretty much, at all. This sucks, I’m trying to get work as a freelance writer, and this guy gets paid by Time to turn out total, absolute rubbish. Comonnnnn mannnnnn!

  2. With all the freelancers in Williamsburg, you’d think TIME would consider hiring a local for such a lightweight fluff piece on a 15-year old phenomenon.

  3. I really, really can’t stand all these blogs and magazine articles that basically all just say “lol hipsters amirite!!!!!!!!” so many years late to the game, without any meaningful content or at least a shred of humor. It’s been DONE BEFORE and it was probably better.
    The worst of all though is probably New York magazine, which seems to have a “Hipster Update” sidebar or some shit every single time I glance through it. They don’t even make fun, it’s like this really pathetic, uncomfortable wannabe perspective from someone in a mid-life crisis.

  4. FB: PLEASE stop giggling like a giddy schoolgirls any time someone in the media talks about hipsters.

  5. レンズ

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