The two sides of Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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amNewYork

Chicago, IL

#1 May 13, 2007
What is your opinion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn?
Wolf

Grinnell, IA

#2 May 13, 2007
Its a shame and should be criminal. These people have lived here and made it what it is today and then these damn realtors have to come in and force out the hard working blue collar people to make way for rich whitey.
The whole nation is turning into 2 classes: rich and poor and its disgunting.
Gilbert

Montgomery, AL

#3 May 14, 2007
While I agree that is is totally unfair, I don't think that race of the people moving in have anything to do with it. It's not just white people that are rich. As for the two classes in this country, I disagree, you can still be in the middle so long as you are responsible and live within your means.
Wilfredo

New York, NY

#4 May 14, 2007
williamsburg sucks
i dont see why anyone would want to pay these sky high prices to live there
Williamsburg Native

New York, NY

#5 May 14, 2007
I was born and raised in Williamsburg brooklyn. It is a shame that i can not get an apartment over there. When they built the Shaffer houses not one person who grew up in Williamsburg got an apartmnet in the complex. People from Maryland got in before we did. Now that people are being misplaced from all over brooklyn. They are sending them to the complex's in williamsburg and they are destroying our buildings. The williamsburg that i knew and loved no longer exist. Someione needs to do something to help the other side of Williamsburg. Give the people who grew up in Williamsburg a chance to move in these homes.
SSJ

San Ramon, CA

#6 May 14, 2007
This what happens when "white" flight goes into reverse. Williamsburg is hardly the only place where this new trend is taking place. Unfortunately it is happening all over the 5 burroughs. I think Queens is being hit the hardest with this trend. I always wonder where all of these displaced people end up moving too.
Born and Raised in NY

Boca Raton, FL

#7 May 14, 2007
I spent July 4th on a building watching the fireworks in Williamsburg. It was fun. One thing I dont understand, the cultural differences. The population was about 5/1 hispanic. No prob there. However, the feeling of entitlement to harass the people walking by is disgusting. I know, someones gonna say, "bla bla bla, they do." How would they feel if it was there mother who had to deal with that every day, just to go home.
ACT tough somewhere else.
It makes the neighborhood seem sleasy (cat calls). Does that even work? I never had to reduce my game to such a corney level. Further, that garbage ranks up there with honking your horn as you drive by some girls. So weak.
My friend has lived there for 4 years, and has GIVEN UP OWNING A CAR because it was broken into 5 times. He lives in the "nice part".

emmo

New York, NY

#8 May 14, 2007
It's a reality that neighborhoods change in major cities.

My grandparents got flushed out of Brooklyn in the early 60's because it was becoming too dangerous and they had to move. This is the same neighborhood they both grew up in.

Now the tables are turning again.
jnyc442

New York, NY

#9 May 14, 2007
of course it's turning into a "white" issue. But guess what? the owners of these buildings are polish, hispanice and jewish. They're the ones kicking people out of their buildings..

“The Truth...COME ON DOWN!”

Since: Apr 07

Yourtown, USA

#10 May 14, 2007
Williamsburg is almost adult Disneyworld except that title is reserved for the East Village. Williamsburg is hipster paradise. If you want to be hip, it's the place to move. If you are in a rockband, it's the place to be. Even if you are not from NYC, if you are a hipster you move to Williamsburg. It's like instant cred.

Basically though, there are too many hipsters there who think that the world is their oyster who walk down the sidewalk blindly. Wake up slacker!
Lori

United States

#11 May 14, 2007
Funny I've played chess n the park of Schaefers Landing and all the people I've meet have been part of the low income housing all of them were either Puerto Rican or Hasid and all had lived in the neighborhood previously. No one I have come across was from Maryland.
Neighborhoods change my dad grew up on Mott street in the 40's my mom on Vandam . When I was a baby we moved from Prince St in the Village to Queens cause we were priced out. It's just what happens . My husband and I worker really hard to buy our apt. in Williamsburg I resent being thought of as one of the rich white people ruining the neighborhood .
the beav

AOL

#12 May 14, 2007
how come the hasidic jews live in projects and registered thier cars at thier homes in monroe ,ny.somethings wrong.
TonyL

New York, NY

#13 May 14, 2007
In response to your May 14, 2007 cover story on ďThe Other WilliamsburgĒ, this is one of the many misconstrued views of what this neighborhood has become. Iím one of the young, white new residents of this great neighborhood. Iíve been here since 2001. My rent is $1300 a month, I live pay check to paycheck, I donít 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, donít 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 donít see my peers thinking itís unfair that we are constantly struggling and barely making ends meet. At the end of the day, we are poorer than you.

“The Truth...COME ON DOWN!”

Since: Apr 07

Yourtown, USA

#14 May 14, 2007
the beav wrote:
how come the hasidic jews live in projects and registered thier cars at thier homes in monroe ,ny.somethings wrong.
Because the laws of this city, state and country do not apply to Hasedic jews. They follow only one law - the law of their God.
United States Citizen

New York, NY

#15 May 14, 2007
What's the point of this article? It's no secret that real estate is expensive in New York. Lots of people can't live in lots of places that they want to. So what.

If someone wants to invest in that property, that is their perogative.

Renting is a business transaction, not a god given right.

Also, really hope that guy is legal. so over illegal immigrants and foreigners living in our country and then bitchin' about our society. See this constantly in NY press.
Neil

United States

#16 May 14, 2007
I was born and raised in Williamsburg (37 years). First, It was always a good neighborhood. I feel it's still a good neighborhood, but getting way too crowded with fake Brookynites. There are too many parking regulations. You can find any parking around here anymore, it feels like Manhattan. I also feel that the Latino community is getting squeezed out by both the Hasidim community (because they don't want to share or live with us in WB) and the greedy realtors. We are not being treated equally. People wake up and take back your Williamsburg.
Ivy1

Brooklyn, NY

#18 May 14, 2007
Gilbert wrote:
While I agree that is is totally unfair, I don't think that race of the people moving in have anything to do with it. It's not just white people that are rich. As for the two classes in this country, I disagree, you can still be in the middle so long as you are responsible and live within your means.
It is evident that you don't know much about New York in terms of cost of living. Middle class to you may not be the same as being middle class in New York. It is extremely expensive to live here. I don't know on which side of the spectrum you fall but if you earn anywhere from the mid-five figures to the low six it is still a struggle. We may not be on the street but many of us aren't that far from it. Renting a three bedroom apartment in a so-so neighborhood in Brooklyn will put you in the $1500 to $2300 a month range in terms of what you pay for rent. If you earn $50,000 a year and you pay that kind of money for housing, not to mention food, utilities, transportation to and from work and other miscellaneous essentials, what do you have left over?
bburg girl

New York, NY

#19 May 14, 2007
TonyL wrote:
In response to your May 14, 2007 cover story on ďThe Other WilliamsburgĒ, this is one of the many misconstrued views of what this neighborhood has become. Iím one of the young, white new residents of this great neighborhood. Iíve been here since 2001. My rent is $1300 a month, I live pay check to paycheck, I donít 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, donít 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 donít see my peers thinking itís unfair that we are constantly struggling and barely making ends meet. At the end of the day, we are poorer than you.
This is EXACTLY how I feel about living in Williamsburg. New York is an expensive city to live in, regardless of how "hip" your neighbourhood is. I live pay check to pay check as well, and am continually frustrated by people talking about how young, white people like myself have "ruined" this area. Unlike many other parts of Brooklyn, there are no large chains (apart from Subway, which is always empty!), and those of us who live in the area support the smaller stores/family run businesses by being here. By moving into this area, young and middle class professionals have made the neighbourhood safer, cleaner, and more diverse. Just try sitting out in McCarren park on a sunny afternono and you will also see the melange of old polish couples, hipsters, young families, manhattan tourists, and kids kicking around deflated soccer balls. It's a truly wonderful neighbourhood, and unfortunately with the rising rents people are being forced to move out. Newsflash: we also moved here because it was cheaper. we will also have to move out, such is life.
Luz

Bronx, NY

#20 May 14, 2007
amNewYork wrote:
What is your opinion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn?
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.
Ctown

Brooklyn, NY

#21 May 14, 2007
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.

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