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]