The two sides of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The two sides of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There are 109 comments on the AM New York story from May 13, 2007, titled The two sides of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In it, AM New York reports that:

Williamsburg. Just a mention of the Brooklyn neighborhood conjures up images of a hipster heaven where people spend small fortunes to look like they just rolled out of bed, where rapping with the locals ...

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miguel ayala aka Mike


#103 Oct 6, 2007
P.S. I forgot if you can not post them maybe you would e-mail them to me at [email protected] please title them Bkyln pics ok thank you again bye


#104 Jun 11, 2010
TonyL wrote:
In response to your May 14, 2007 cover story on “The Other Williamsburg”, this is one of the many misconstrued views of what this neighborhood has become. I’m one of the young, white new residents of this great neighborhood. I’ve been here since 2001. My rent is $1300 a month, I live pay check to paycheck, I don’t have health insurance, I do not get public assistance and I work my tail off to make a living. But I do look like the hipster, stylish artist types that you see all over this neighborhood. Almost everyone I know is in this same boat. We are broke and frankly sick of hearing about all the people who pay $350 a month for rent. I think many people my age who grew up in this neighborhood and live with their family, don’t even pay their own rent and think that somehow they are being treated unfairly. This neighborhood was $350 a month when it was a total dump. Guess what? Not a dump anymore. And who is beatifying the neighborhood, who is making it better, who is trying to clean up the pollution, who owns fewer cars, takes more mass transit than these lifetime locals? Who is supporting small business rather than spending all their money at Best Buy and Costco every weekend? Who are more tolerant to different types of people? Who resorts to violence less? We are. We made Williamsburg great. And great places are never cheap. Enough about those who pay almost nothing to live in one of the best places in the world. You don’t see my peers thinking it’s unfair that we are constantly struggling and barely making ends meet. At the end of the day, we are poorer than you.
VERY well said. And quite true.


#105 Jun 11, 2010
Ctown wrote:
To all the haters--If you spent more time studying in school instead of slacking off....if you worked harder and longer hours...if you spent more time improving yourself and less time crying about what a loser you are, then you might be able to move to a nicer neighborhood. Regardless of whether you're white/black/whatever, most people bust their asses to afford a beautiful home. Worry about yourself and not what other people have. All you haters are truly pathetic.

Marysville, OH

#106 Jan 24, 2011
Lets Be Real....

Gentrification works both ways. Many of us living in Williamsburg have been priced out of neighborhoods in Manhattan. I would prefer to live in the West Village, or Lower East Side myself.

This myth that some how the youth living in Williamsburg are underserving trust funders is far from the truth. Trust fund hipsters mostly live in LES, or the Village. Most of the hipsters living here are young professionals who have the unfortunate aesthetic of looking like slackers but many work in the creative arts or technology driven fields. They do make more money then the industerious working classes by comparison. Thus, I think looking from the outside in one might appear to be a "slacker."

You cant live is such close proximity to one of the greatest cities in the 21st century and not expect there to be a large number of people vying for living space. For better or worse our society has settled on Capitalism as the means to divide the resources in this nation. Let us not forget NYC was far more socialized in the early 70's and it brought the city to economic collapse. Finding that balance is always hard. But if you think renting a one bedroom one subway stop from Manhattan for $350 a month is balance, your lying to yourself and you know it!

New York, NY

#107 May 15, 2011
Generation of blindness 80's baby

Living here in williamsburg has showed me a couple of things.....when u are born in a community of neglect u can change what ever u want.... its a choice.....we all choose to live and move on from the poorer to the rich part of the world....its no different.....we all rise we all fall based on where we live..... as u learn right from in brooklyn especially in the new willy B u learn that u need to know ur characteristics ur surrounding ......respect all the cultures around u and if u want to make peace then u shall bring food, plant and the same time be urself and always fight for what u believe in and what u bring to the table ...At the end of the day if u dont respect mother nature or the block we live in then ur activities will not take off the way u intended it......time is not well spent.....we should think about food, time and relationship that build positive energy and relationships ....when our society realizes this and unplugs themselves from fake plugged gadgets one will understand..... then thats when the good will come along.....only the 5 senses can change everything......RESPECT and PrepARe ourselves and the human network will co-exist only if we use the right senses for the right reason.....we are a interconnected system that can dissect our planet...a universe of motion....we need to realize that we should be one with our planet and when that happens u become one with urself.....change urself for the better good and better foot print.......Awareness is key to success and enduring triumph.

“The Cross of Christ”

Since: Aug 10

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#108 May 17, 2011
Luz wrote:
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I was born and raised in williamsburg and I think its a shame what is being done to the residents that still remain. They are harrassed and forced to leave the residence they have lived in for most of their lives so that landlords can triple the rent. Many of these individuals have nowhere to go and live on less than minimum wage. This is all that they can afford. I have a great job and i make good money and i cant afford to move back into williamsburg.
I too grew up in Williamsburg and my father still lives there. I do wonder about the new influx and why these opportunities were not presented to those who have lived there for many years. There is definitely an invisible blueprint to change the community. I personally know of an elderly woman who lived in a house for 60 years and unscrupulous realtors (sadly Hasidic as I am a fan of Israel) who cheated her out of the home and she ended up in a shelter. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable housing now in this area. I believe this price gouging is aimed at people of color...getting them out and gentrifying the area. Also, the new residents usually do not make eye contact with people of color. They look past you or gaze downward as you approach. Clearly, the feel unsafe. Then why move into the area if not having inside knowledge that the neighborhood is changing and they are insiders on the ground floor for people brave homesteaders in otherwise an area that has been avoided and neglected for years. Also, police presence is very aggressive. Young men of color are often stopped and made to present ID. For people of color, it has become a police state. Some old time residents welcome the increased presence, but at what expense. One day they may not be able to live there.
Furious New Yorker

Astoria, NY

#109 Jun 2, 2011
I am a lifelong New Yorker and am outraged every time I go to Williamsburg. Who do these people think they are living in a fairy tale land of make believe? I think about 80% of these people are living a total lie, don't earn enough money to support themselves and leave NYC after a few years. As someone who has lived in this city my whole life and actually makes a solid living I am totally disgusted by the new wave of people infesting the city.

Jamaica, NY

#110 Feb 16, 2013
Williamsburg Community brasses for Anti Semitic, Gay Bash Concert at the music hall of Williamsburg.

On Friday February 22 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 66 N 6th st 7pm lead by neo Nazi Cocaine drug trafficker Gun running Jimmy Gestapo/ James Drescher of the homophobic Drug rock Rock band Murphy’s law Who was one of the Gang members who got a way in the violent gang assault attack of a Homosexual man at the cherry tavern in The East Village, On east Sixth Street, that landed two men in a hospital, one with a fractured skull, the other with a concussion.

The first attack occurred about 2 A.M. on June 4, 1995 when two gay men in their mid-20's walked past the Cherry Tavern 1995, which is near several popular gay bars -- Crowbar, the Boiler Room and the Bar.

One, who insisted on being identified only as Chris, said that four to six white "jock-type" men with short hair pummeled and stomped on him, as his roommate ran for help. He suffered a fractured skull, a facial contusion and a bruised kidney. Jimmy Gestapo/ James Drescher of the violent drug rock band Murphy’s Law who got away was one of them.

And Plans to Organize another Violent attack on the Gay And Jewish community again on Friday February 22nd At 7pm. Jimmy Gestapo/ James Drescher’s gang will be selling guns and cocaine under the guise of a rock concert which will draw a large number of hateful neo- Nazi, Anti-Semitic, Anti- gay Violent neo Nazi gang members to the Williamsburg area of 66 N. 6th St, Brooklyn, NY. Residents are urge to be Careful in that surrounding area that night.

Newark, NJ

#111 Feb 17, 2013
I wouldn't mind living in East Williamsburg. I have lived in "high crime" areas all my life and is tired of it.

I never felt like I fit in more urban areas. I think living around a more diverse area and people would be healthy for me. Maybe date a woman who can open my eyes to opera, art, broadway plays, etc something my parents never mentioned going up.

It would be refreshing not to look over my shoulder so much.

I dig it!

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