Sociologist Richard Greenwald charts the rise and fall of Brooklyn cool in The Atlantic Cities. “All this talk about Brooklyn dying as the epicenter of hipsterdom worries us,” he writes. “Many who once celebrated the borough are now questioning its status, such as artist James Kalm and the author Robert Anasi.” First it happened in Greenwich Village, then Harlem, SoHo, Tribeca, the Lower East Side, and now it’s happening to Brooklyn. Though to be fair, he adds, the Brooklyn “of culture and arts, where novelists sit in cafes; the Brooklyn that Colson Whitehead wrote about in 2008″ does not encompass the whole borough but only a few neighborhoods, “while the rest are absent from consciousness.” (According to him, by the way, these neighborhoods are: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.) His conclusion: This is the natural lifecycle of neighborhoods (even if in New York it seems to happen at warp speed), and regular people will continue living their lives as they always have. What do you think?
The Lifecycle of a “Cool” Neighborhood [Atlantic Cities]
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Preservationists Elizabeth Finkelstein and Chelcey Berryhill will teach a class next week on how to research the history of any wood frame, stone or brick townhouse or apartment building in Brooklyn. Making use of digitized, online resources as well as other repositories in Brooklyn and Manhattan, “Research Your Historic Brooklyn House” will cover how to research the […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Row houses Address: 207A-209 18th Street Cross Streets: 4th and 5th Avenues Neighborhood: Greenwood Heights Year Built: Before 1888 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No, but these blocks should be The story: In 1844, the city of Brooklyn voted to extend open up 18th Street from 9th […]
The Heights Cafe restaurant at 84 Montague Street re-opened earlier this month after six weeks of interior renovations. There is also a new menu, with new-American fare such as a lobster roll, oyster po-boy, a burger, veal and wild mushroom meatloaf and a ribeye. Click through to the jump for an interior shot. Has anyone […]
Huge and on a corner, this gem of a Greek Revival house at 15 Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights was built in 1834. The proportions are impressive: It’s 25.5 feet wide with five stories and 39 windows. It has beautiful marble and wood Greek Revival fireplaces, dentil crown molding as well as the other moldings […]